How to Fix Loose Shingles

Restore the Protection of Your Asphalt Roof

If your property has withstood a severe storm and some shingles have been misplaced, it is important to promptly address any lifted or damaged shingles to prevent further issues. A properly installed and secure roof can withstand extreme temperatures, strong winds, and moisture. If you have a small roofing issue, learning how to fix loose shingles is a relatively simple task. It is important to exercise caution when working at heights and always use a stable ladder that extends beyond the roof edge. Instead of tackling this yourself, we strongly recommend contacting a professional roofer such as Dream Home, so that you know the problem will be resolved properly.

Tools You Need to Fix Loose Shingles

Ensure you have the necessary tools and materials on hand before starting the repair process. Ideally, you’ll have some spare shingles from previous replacements. If not, you’ll need to purchase a package that closely matches your existing roof. You’ll also need a ladder, hammer, pry bar, utility knife, trowel, rag, roofing cement, replacement shingles, and 1-3/4 inch galvanized roofing nails. These items are essential for completing the job efficiently and effectively.

Directions for Fixing Loose Shingles

  1. Carefully lift the shingle tabs covering the nails.
  2. Insert the pry bar beneath the damaged shingle, lifting each nail slightly.
  3. Position the pry bar on top of the loose shingle and remove each nail completely.
  4. Repeat this process for each affected shingle.
  5. Ensure that the nails securing the lower row of shingles are also securing the row above.
  6. Lift undamaged shingles to access the lower row, and remove the nails holding it in place.
  7. Remove or trim damaged shingles with a utility knife.
  8. Seal any cracks or tears in the roofing paper with roofing cement.
  9. Apply roofing cement to secure the new shingles in place.
  10. Nail the new shingles using the original nail holes.
  11. Secure any loosened undamaged shingles and seal each nail head with roofing cement.

Contact the Expert Roofers at Dream Home

For a lasting solution to ensure the longevity and protection of your home, reach out to the professional roofers at Dream Home. With our expertise in replacing asphalt shingle roofs, NJ, PA, and MD residents can trust their homes will be protected against the elements for years to come. When you’re wondering how to fix loose shingles, don’t hesitate to contact Dream Home to schedule a consultation and explore how we can enhance the durability and resilience of your roof.



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