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Fix your roof shingles for winter weather

Remove damaged shingles and replace them to make your roof look pleasing and avoid the risk of roof leaks. Before the onset of winter, consider fixing your roof  with an easy process from The Family Handyman Magazine

Find Matching Shingles

The project can only be done in DIY if you can find matching shingles to fix your roof. Otherwise, you might be able to mitigate the risk of a leaky roof, but the aesthetics will become severely compromised. If you can find matching shingles, fixing your roof should be fairly easy.

Arrange the Supplies

To avoid last-minute hassle, get the tools and material required for the task ready at hand before you start fixing your roof.

You will need the following :

  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Leather gloves
  • Shingle nails
  • Shingles

Fix Your Roof

Select a day with moderate weather to do the repairs. You will able to comfortably work on your roof and the shingles won’t crack and sealants will work evenly.

Remove Damaged Shingles

Identify the shingle to be changed on your roof. Shingles are fastened with eight nails each—four at the center just above the tab slots and four through the shingle above it—and you have to lift up all the shingles that cover those nails to remove them. Loosen the tabs under the broken shingle and the next two courses above it.

Push the flat bar up under the damaged shingle to each nail, centering the nail in the flat bar notch once the tabs are loose. Gently work the pry bar under both tabs as you push it up. Be gentle since shingles rip easily.

Pop-out the nails by prying underneath the shingle instead of trying to dig the nail head out from the top of the shingle; that will wreck the shingle. Then push the shingle down from the nail head and pull out the nail. After removing the center row of nails on the damaged shingle, lift the undamaged shingles above it and remove the next row of nails. Then pull out the damaged shingle.

Install the New Shingles

Slide the new shingle up into place. Nail the center row first, then the center row of the course above it, nailing 1/2 in. over from the old holes. Nail at the top of the slots between the tabs, just above the sealant strip.

Admire the View

Now that you are done fixing your roof, step back to admire the fruits of your labor. You can be confident that your roof looks great and is safe from leaks due to cracked or broken shingles.

Pro Tip : Spray WD-40(R) Specialist(TM) Rust Release Penetrant on shingle nails to make them easy to remove.

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