How To Repair Asphalt Roof Shingles

April 29, 2020

 

Asphalt shingles are fairly common on residential roofs across Canada. Asphalt shingles are an attractive selection for homeowners when considering rooftop options for their home for a number of reasons. From a sleek appearance, to affordable cost and extended use, it’s obvious why asphalt shingles are a top choice. In addition to these benefits, asphalt shingles can also be repaired fairly easily when minor damage occurs. If your asphalt shingles have suffered damage due to the climate or from wear over time, you can take the time to restore them. 

 

If you’re ready to get started on repairing your asphalt roof shingles, read on for everything you need to know from how to prepare to how to finish. 

Tools and Materials Required

 

To begin your roof shingle repair preparation, ensure you have the following tools and materials:

  • Hammer

  • Flat pry bar

  • Utility knife with a hook blade

  • Caulk gun

  • Asphalt mastic 

  • Ladder

1. Safety and Setup

 

The most important, key factor to the roofing repair is to ensure it is done in a manner that keeps you safe throughout. When setting up the ladder, make sure it maintains a 4:1 ratio in the ladder angle to ensure a safe work zone. If you have any doubt in your ability or safety, contact roofing professionals in Winnipeg to complete the shingle repairs safely for you.

 

2. Remove The Damaged Shingle

 

If you’re ready to conduct the roof shingle repairs, you need to start by removing the damaged shingle and the surrounding nails around it to allow for the installation of the new shingles. To begin the removal of the damaged shingle, you need to first break the sealant strips from around the area that needs to be repaired. To do so, use the flat pry bar and slide it under the bottom of the shingle until the sealant strip breaks. Afterwards, remove the nails from surrounding shingles as well.

 

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