Repair Shingles

How To Repair Shingles?

Your roof must be able to withstand extreme heat and cold, as well as heavy winds and rainy weather.

Repairs will need to be completed as soon as the elements lift or damage any shingles, so don’t delay in getting started! Otherwise, your roof may suffer additional shingle loss, and water may cause damage to the sheathing. Taking the effort to learn how to repair loose shingles should only take an hour or two of your time. When working on a roof with a ladder and at high places, you should use caution, just as you would with any other type of maintenance. Your ladder must be able to reach beyond the edge of the roof and have a firm footing.

The Tools and Materials You’ll Need to Repair Shingles

Ideally, you’ll have a few shingles left over from the last time your roof was replaced to use as a starting point. If this is the case, purchase a package of shingles that is as similar as feasible to the color of your existing roof.

  • Ladder
  • Hammer
  • bar with a pry blade
  • Knife
  • Trowel
  • Rag
  • Roofing cement is a type of cement that is used to build roofs.
  • Shingles in need of replacement
  • Galvanized roofing nails with a length of 1-3/4 inch


  • Lift the shingle tabs that are covering the nails that are keeping the loose shingles in place with little pressure.
  • Lift each nail slightly by easing the notched end of the pry bar behind the damaged shingle. Repeat this process.
  • To raise a shingle, place the pry bar on top of it and grip each nail that has been lifted.
  • Pulling the nail out fully requires pushing on the pry bar or striking it with a hammer.
  • This procedure should be repeated for each shingle.
  • It is recommended that nails be driven through the row of intact shingles above the loose ones, as well as through the lower row of shingles to secure it.
  • Gently lift the shingles that have not been damaged and remove the nails that are keeping the lower row in place.
  • Using a utility knife, pry broken shingles off the roof or cut them away.
  • Repair any fractures or tears in the roofing paper by applying roofing cement to the affected areas.
  • Using a trowel, apply roofing cement to the roof and wash it down with a rag.
  • Install the new shingles in their proper places. Cut components using a utility knife as needed to accommodate the placement of additional pieces.
  • Install roofing cement beneath new shingles to ensure that they adhere to the roof.
  • When installing new shingles, use the holes that were created when the old ones were removed.
  • Make sure to re-nail any intact shingles that have to be unfastened in order to release damaged shingles back into place.
  • Using a small amount of roofing cement, seal each nail head.


When there is extensive shingle damage or rotten sheathing, it is necessary to replace more than a few shingles. Our skilled roofers are well-versed in the repair of loose shingles and other types of roof damage. Request a roof repair estimate from us right away.

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