After walking outside after a storm, you may have noticed several shingles from your roof lying on the ground. If so, this means that parts of the underlying plywood are exposed, which could lead to rapid deterioration and eventual leakage. If you would like to try to replace the missing shingles yourself, use the three tips below.
Find Suitable Replacement Shingles
Before you get up on the roof, pick up any shingles you find on the ground. Then, separate them into two different categories. The first category includes shingles that are still fully intact, and the second category includes ones that are severely damaged and need to be thrown away. The ones that you keep can be used for your repairs.
If the majority of the shingles are damaged, you may be able to purchase small packs of shingles at your local home improvement center or department store. When you go to buy them, take a piece of one of the broken shingles to try to match the thickness and color as much as possible.
Hammer In Any Exposed Nails
Once you have your replacement shingles, find the areas on your roof that are exposed. Then, look for any nails sticking up out of the wood. While you may be tempted to remove them, you should instead hammer them in until they are flush with the plywood's surface.
If you pull out the nails, this could leave holes through which water could run. Not only could this cause large leaks in your home, but it could rot the wood, leading to even larger leaks.
Cut Notches At The Top Of The Replacement Shingles Before Placing
After hammering in all the exposed nails, lay each shingle where you need it. Then, find the bottom nails of the shingle above the space. Because the top of your replacement shingle needs to fit snugly underneath the top adjacent shingle, you will need to cut notches in the top of the replacement shingle before placing it.
Place your patch shingle on the space, then measure down from the top to where the nails in the existing shingle are located. Then, use a utility knife to cut a V-shaped notch, and gently push your shingle into place. Then, use roofing nails to secure the four corners of the shingle.
After you have placed and hammered in the replacement shingles, your roof should be temporarily protected from moisture. However, you may want to contact a roofer to have your roof professionally inspected to see if further repairs are needed. For more information, contact local professionals like Stevens Roofing Corporation.