If you are hanging around your property and notice that a couple of shingles are either curled, cracked, or missing, this is definitely a DIY roof repair that is possible under the right circumstances.
If the damaged asphalt shingles are near the base of your roof and you feel comfortable with the work, this could be a satisfying homeowner project. Here are some DIY tips to consider and prepare with before bringing out your ladder and saving your roof from further exposure.
Analyze the Age of Your Roof
Before you even begin to consider changing out shingles, consider the actual age of your roof. As your roof ages, the damage will show, and it usually starts with a few loose or missing shingles.
Sometimes if a roof is aged enough, even shingle replacement isn’t enough to create a lasting solution for its shelf life.
So, if your roof is 20 years old or older, it’s best to call in a professional roofing company for an inspection. Your broken shingles could be the sign of a much-needed roof replacement.
Check Your Roof’s Pitch
However, if your roof is at a relatively healthy age, replacing a few shingles shouldn’t be an issue, as long as your practices remain safe. First, make sure that your roof’s pitch isn’t too steep for you to safely and effectively replace your asphalt shingles.
Houses with a steep pitch can make roof replacement dangerous without the necessary equipment that most homeowners don’t already have. If you feel that your roof is too steep for comfort, don’t shrug off your doubt. Get some roofing help from professionals.
Gather the Correct Tools
If you’ve determined that you can safely work on your roof, make sure that you are using the right equipment for the job.
Some of the essentials you’ll need include the following tools:
- Extension Ladder
- Pry Bar
- Hammer Tacker
- Safety Harness
- Work Gloves
- Safety Glasses
Keep in mind that some of the required equipment may not be readily available at home and requires the experience of a professional roofing contractor to ensure a safe working environment. When in doubt, we say save the stress and hire a professional to quickly get the job done.
Practice the Correct Shingle Replacement Form
When replacing a shingle, remember to always remove the first set of nails underneath the shingle above the area you are replacing. This allows you total access to the damaged shingle and prevents potential damage to the shingles above it during your replacement.
Once you have the area around your damaged shingle clear, use your pry bar to remove the shingle and 8 nails from your roof. From there, simply install the replacement shingle and preserve the integrity of your roof.
Keep in mind that this practice is only recommended with experience, caution, and if there isn’t an abundance of necessary repair.
What if You Have to Replace Multiple Shingles?
A roofing contractor specializes in carrying out jobs from shingle replacement to roof replacement. There isn’t a job that we’d consider too small for our attention. When it comes to shingle replacement, if you’re replacing more than a handful of shingles, they are usually not the only part of your roof that needs to be replaced.
Multiple shingle replacements are often the result of deeper roofing damage that could make scaling the roof a dangerous task. A roofing professional like a technician from Concord Roofing would be able to quickly determine any dangerous spots, the source of your roof’s damage, and what efficient solutions they’ll need to implement.
Replace Your Shingles the Safe Way, with Concord Roofing & Construction
If you’re looking at a shingle replacement project that seems a little more daunting than it should, don’t question your skills as a handyman, reach out to the professionals for help.
The team at Concord Roofing & Construction can help you save time and money through a thorough assessment of your roof and an honest bid for the work that your roof needs. Whether you need a minor repair or a total roof replacement, our Dallas contractors are the best in the business. Contact us today to schedule your inspection with Concord!