DIY Shingle Replacement
After you navigated through your attic and chased down a roof leak, you took it a step further and climbed atop the roof to find a damaged shingle or two causing the obnoxious drip in your hallway. Instead of celebrating, you see more work ahead like replacing the shingles. If you decide to do it yourself, instead of hiring a roofing company in Frisco, be sure to prepare in advance. Here are some pro tips from our crew of residential roofers.
- Use a flat instrument to loosen the damaged shingle. I suggest a flat shovel or pitch fork if you happen to have one laying around.
- Make sure the nails in the area come up when you pull the shingle up. You may need to pry them out with the claw end of a hammer or pry bar.
- Clear the extra pieces of shingles away from the area before moving to the next step.
Fix any holes
- If the leak is old, the board underneath could have rotted. If so, now is the time to replace it.
- Check to make sure all boards are still holding firm. If not, nail them back down.
- Remember, caulk is your friend if the hole(s) is really small.
Place the new shingle
- Remove the adhesive strip and push the shingle into place.
- Make sure it’s in the same place as the one you removed. It may take a little physical effort to get it inserted all the way.
- Nail the shingles down. Some shingles have pre-drilled holes for nails. Be sure to follow the instructions on the shingles.
Seal the shingle
- Apply shingle cement to each tab on the shingle.
- Don’t go crazy with the cement. Applying 0.5” to 1” strip on each is plenty.
We’re here to help
If you have concerns about how to do the shingle repair or realize part-way through it’s a bigger job than you want to tackle, give us a call. We stand behind our work with the Peak guarantee.
About Peak Roofing & Construction
Peak Roofing & Construction is family-owned, with 30-years of experience. Bonded, insured and accredited, we provide roofing, gutter, fence, window and exterior facelift services. Guaranteed. Call (972) 335-7325 in Dallas-Fort Worth (residential & commercial) or 281-290-7325 in Houston (commercial roofing).