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Replacing Asphalt Roof Shingles
Replacing your asphalt roof shingles can be a trouble-free process if you prepare properly and follow the right steps.
The first fundamental in any roofing repair project is safety: Follow the proper safety precautions to ensure that you stay safe while up on your roof. The ideal time for replacing shingles is during the spring or autumn. In the summer, shingles can become very hot and hard to handle, which could make your job harder and more complicated. In the colder winter season, the shingles can become so cold and brittle that more shingles might be damaged during the repair. When you complete replacing the shingles, you may notice that the new shingles are a bit higher than the others. Don’t worry. It’s nothing you did; the shingles just need to settle in and will do so as soon as some warm sun sets them in.
1. The first step is to remove the shingles that need to be replaced. You will need to start at the area just above the shingles you are removing. To do this, slide a pry bar back and forth to break the seal between the good shingle and the bad one. Make sure you do this gently as to not damage the other shingles nearby.
2. Use a pry bar or hammer to remove the nails that were holding down the damaged shingle. Some people prefer to use a flat-head screwdriver for tougher nails.
3. Release all the damaged shingles by working downward. When you finish removing all the shingles, make sure you clean the area so that it is free of all dirt, nails or other debris.
4. Position the bottom shingle following the pattern on your roof. If you need to separate the shingles, score them across the back with a utility knife and fold them gently until they separate. Make sure you work diligently, being careful not to damage the roofing felt.
5. Nail the shingles into place. Keep in mind that you should be covering up the nail holes over each shingle. If you end up with any exposed nail heads, cover them up with roofing cement. You can also do the same for any damaged areas you may find in the area where you were working.
When in doubt about fixing your asphalt shingles, contact a local roofer to help you.