Repairing asphalt shingle roofs is a great skill for any Calgary AB roofer to have. However, even if Internet-found instructions make it as easy as it sounds even with their demonstration videos, it requires time to learn, master, and yield top-level results parallel to the standards and reliability Calgary AB’s most experienced roofers can deliver.
If you’d like to know the steps to repair your asphalt shingle roofs, The Spruce has an excellent guide to help you. You can read more about it below.
Repairing Asphalt Shingle Roofs In The Quickest and Easiest Way Possible
Step 1: Safety and Setup
The most important aspect of making repairs to your asphalt shingle roof is to complete the repairs in a manner that keeps you safe. Remember that when working on your roof system you are working at elevated heights on roof slopes that may impact your ability to walk safely. If you are in doubt about your ability to safely complete the repair, please contact a roofing professional to complete the repair work for you.
The first step in making a repair to your asphalt shingle roof system is to setup your ladder and surrounding area to create a safe work zone. Set your ladder up so that it maintains a 4:1 ratio in the angle of the ladder. Make sure that the ladder has firm footing and if necessary have someone foot the base of the ladder to prevent it from slipping out. In addition, if you are using an aluminum ladder make sure that you are not setting up the ladder near any power lines entering the home. Finally make sure that the ladder is tied off to the home and that the ladder extends a minimum of 3 feet above the roof edge. (continued)
Earlier, you’ve read about some of the tools needed for repairing asphalt shingle roofs in the best way possible. To get a complete listing of necessary equipment, you can take a look at LGC Roofing’s list. You’ll need more than just a hammer and some nails. You need galvanized nails, a chalk line, and more.
Here is a comprehensive list to take with you to the supply shop once you’ve made your mind to DIY repair your roof.
Tools Needed For Shingle Roof Replacement or Repair
Assuming that the flashing, felt and roof deck are in good order after removing your old shingles, when you are ready to repair or replace your shingle roofing you’ll need:
2×4 LUMBER STRIPS, #16 NAILS and HAMMER
Prior to roof replacement, it’s a good idea to install a few 2×4 braces to maintain your footing. Lay each wood piece horizontal to the roof’s edge, and drive nails through each end of the 2×4 to attach them to the roof. Pull up the brace and re-nail it as you move around the roof surface.
ASPHALT ROOF SHINGLES
Remember to select shingles that complement your home’s paint and trim. Shingles are generally sold in “squares,” and each of these units cover roughly 100 sq. feet. You can read our guide on how to select roof shingles for a better idea on the subject.
ASPHALT ROOFING CEMENT
Applied to the back side of each shingle, roofing cement helps to secure the shingle during nailing and ensures a tight fit to the roof’s surface. It’s also a good idea to apply roofing cement to nail heads to avoid small leaks.
Repairing asphalt shingle roofs is a great skill to pick up. However, you need to spend 10,000 hours to master any type of skill, and that includes asphalt shingle roofing repair. In addition, you’ll spend multiple weekends in trial and error to finally provide the caliber of repairs your roof needs.
Carpenter’s Touch has an excellent article illustrating the potential damages and other disadvantages that repairing asphalt shingle roofs on your own can entail. This is not meant to discourage but rather help you cope with the possible outcomes of going DIY.
Concerns and Risks Associated With DIY Repairing Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Repairing a roof means climbing up a ladder and working under the hot sun for hours. Regardless of the size of the repair, hauling materials up a ladder and on your roof poses serious safety hazards for someone untrained. Ensure your safety by leaving this job to the professionals.
Risk of Improper Repairs
As your home’s main line of defense against the elements, your roof plays a crucial role in its safety and comfort. For that reason, it’s important to make sure that your roof stays in excellent condition. Improperly repairing the problems on your roof can lead to costly and extensive issues later on. As an experienced roofing contractor, The Carpenter’s Touch has the necessary training and tools to perform flawless repairs. (continued)
If you believe you do not have time to spend repairing your roof, you can count on No Payne Roofing, Calgary AB’s most-experienced and highly-trained roofers. We have been repairing asphalt shingle roofs across Calgary for decades. Talk to us today to know more about what we can do for you.