You may not be up for the task for installing an asphalt shingle roof by yourself, but it is possible to make some repairs if necessary. By being aware of what you need to do, DIY roof repair could end up savings you money when you need to replace damaged asphalt roof shingles.
DIY roof repair should always start with safety.
Ask For Help
You should have someone around to help with your roof repair, even if it it just to hold the ladder as you climb up onto the roof. Can't find someone available to spot you as you climb up the ladder? Call a friend and let them know you're doing roof repair. It could be a huge help to have someone check in on you if they do not hear from you, since there is always the possibility of being stuck on your roof from a tipped over ladder.
Wear A Safety Harness
There is always a risk of falling off a roof, which is why it is worth getting a safety harness. The harness connects securely around your body, and it is attached to a sturdy structure on your roof such as the chimney. It will catch you if you ever were to slip while working on your roof.
Wear Work Gloves
Roof repair involves handling roofing materials and nails that could be sharp. Wear work gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from sharp materials during your roof repair.
Start by gentling lifting up the edge of a damaged shingle. A claw hammer works great at removing nails that are holding parts of the shingle to your roof. Brush away and debris left over on the roof from the shingle. Roofing cement can be used to repair nail holes that can lead to a leak.
Cut your new shingle to the necessary size so it fits perfectly between the two existing shingles next to it. Slide the new shingle underneath the row of shingles above it, making sure to match the shingle's bottom edge with the surrounding shingles in its row.
Peel back the shingle from the row the replacement shingle, and then nail the new shingle into the roof in the place where it is covered by the old shingle. Cover the new nail with some roofing cement to ensure that no water will leak in around it.