You have completed your 20 point roof inspection check list and you have discovered some cracked, curled or missing shingles, lots of fine gravel-like granule in the gutters, dark and bare spots on your roof. Your roof needs some maintenance work! Replace the bare, cracked, curled or missing shingles as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage to your home.

Here is what you need:

  • flat prying bar
  • bent prying bar
  • hammer
  • galvanized roof nails
  • asphalt roof tar
  • ladder
  • tin snips
  • small piece of wood
  • replacement shingles
  • willingless, some talent and time

Here are the steps to replace roof shingles:

  • carefully lift the shingle tab above the faulty shingle
  • lifted the tab two rows above the missing shingle as the nails in this shingle penetrates the top of the faulty shingle
  • prop up the shingle tab with a piece of wood
  • carefully lift the nail head with a bent prying bar
  • pull out the nails with a hammer’s claw
  • lift the tab directly above the broken shingle
  • cut the faulty shingle with tin snips
  • cut a single tab from a replacement shingle and slid the tab into place
  • aligned the tab with the other shingles
  • secure the shingle with nails
  • coat the nail heads and the gaps between shingles with asphalt roofing tar and press shingles down


Take all the safety measures while climbing and working on the roof! Should you health condition does not allow you to do such work, call in a roofing contactor. Your life is much more important than any amount of money.

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