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How to Shingle a Roof

roofing-damageRoofing shingles can be damaged by wind, hail, debris, and more. If you’ve discovered you have damaged or missing shingles, it’s a good idea to learn how to shingle a roof and replace them as soon as possible. If not, you leave your roof and your home open to leaks, which can lead to bigger problems. In this DIY, our roof repair experts explain how to remove your old shingles and install new ones.

What you’ll need to shingle your roof:

  • Shingles (most homes have standard, three-tab asphalt shingles)
  • Flat Pry Bar
  • Putty Knife
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Roof Cement

If you have shingles that are damaged, you’ll want to replace them entirely.

  1. Start by locating the shingle on top of the damaged one. (You’ll need to remove the bottom nails from this shingle too, since they pass through the damaged one below it.)
  2. Slide your putty knife underneath the edge of the good shingle and lift it up to loosen it from the seal.
  3. Use your pry bar to lift the shingle until the bottom row of nails is about ¼” out of the roof.
  4. Remove these nails and you should see the first row of nails on your damaged shingle.
  5. Use your pry bar to lift the shingle up and remove the nails on the damaged shingle as well.
  6. Pull out the damaged shingle.
  7. Slip the new shingle underneath the good shingle above it and nail it into place using your hammer and nails.
  8. Once it’s in place, apply a dab of roof cement to the tab to seal it to the roof.

If you’re repairing a shingle that’s missing, inspect the ones around it to make sure they’re not damaged.how to nail a shingle

  1. If the surrounding shingles are intact, slide your putty knife underneath the edge of
    the good shingle above the missing shingle.
  2. Use your pry bar to lift the shingle until the bottom row of nails is about ¼” out of the roof.
  3. Remove these nails and slip your new shingle underneath.
  4. Nail the new shingle to the good shingle above it and apply a dab of roof cement to the tab to seal it down.

 

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