Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles: What You Need To Know

If you have asphalt roofing at your home, then there's a chance that you'll need to have your shingles repaired or replaced at some point—whether it be due to high winds, a hail storm, or just regular wear and tear over time. Fortunately, replacing or repairing asphalt shingles is quite simple and, with the right tools, is something you can even do yourself to cut down on repair costs. Before you get started, however, there are a few things you'll want to consider.

Repair Versus Replacement: What's Your Best Bet?

First of all, you'll need to carefully assess your roof to determine whether or not repair is a cost-effective option. If your roof is still relatively new but you just have a couple of damaged shingles, then surely repair will be your best choice. On the other hand, if your roof is more than a decade old and has a need for recurring repairs, then it might be time to bite the bullet and pay to have the entire roof replaced. Otherwise, you'll just keep having to sink money into roofing repairs.

You May Not Have to Buy More Shingles

If you decide to conduct repair on your roof shingles rather than replacing the entire roof, hold off on running out to your local home improvement store to spend your hard-earned cash on new shingles. You may not have to buy any, as there's a chance the roof contractor who installed your roof in the first place left some extras behind. If this is the case, you can save money and ensure that your new shingles will perfectly match the old ones. If you need to buy them, however, do your best to ensure a perfect match.

Using the Right Tools is Vital

When it comes to replacing a damaged roof shingle, having the right tools is a must. Specifically, you're going to need:

  • a pry bar (to remove existing nails)
  • a utility knife
  • a hammer
  • plenty of roofing nails

More than likely, you've already got some, if not all, of these tools on-hand. Be sure that the nails you use are specifically rated for use in roofing projects. Otherwise, you'll end up having to replace more damaged or missing shingles after the first severe storm or windy day.

As you can see, repairing or replacing damaged asphalt shingles isn't rocket science, but there are some things you need to know before you get started. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Ziparo Brothers Construction.