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Many of you that call yourselves “handy men” out there, would like to think that you can replace a few shingles on your roof if you had to. Well, chances are, you probably could. With that said, any major roof damage and leakage should be dealt with by a professional roofing contractor. Fixing significant roofing issues takes a great deal of training and skill. If you’re up to the task of replacing a couple shingles though, here’s a quick rundown of the procedure.
Position a ladder against a sturdy part of the roof, and carefully climb up.
Make sure the roof is dry before you climb on to it. It’s obviously not in your best interest to walk on a slippery roof.
Count the damaged shingles so that an expert can help you purchase the right number.
Take one of the damaged shingles with you to a home-improvement center to match the style and color.
Repeat step 1
Using a gentle motion, bend back the shingles above the old damaged ones.
Remove any damaged pieces of shingles or excess nails with the claw head of a hammer or a flat nail bar.
Use a sharp utility knife to cut the new shingle to match the size of the old one, if necessary.
Slide the new shingle into place where the old one was.
Hammer 4-6 nails symmetrically into the shingle. Any less than 4, and the shingle might slip out of place.
Glue down any raised shingles with roofing cement. This can be applied either from a tube with a caulking gun, or by a can with a paint-stirring stick.
Make sure to remove any debris from the roof and gutter system.
If you have any doubt about how to replace your roofing shingles, don’t hesitate to contact M. Walter Roofing, your Chicago area roofing experts. Remember, working on your roof without proper knowledge or skill can cause further damage!