Storm Blow Your Roof's Shingles Off? How To Remove And Replace Them

Storms can cause some major roof damage, especially if you have a shingled roof. After a storm, you will want to assess your landscape. If you notice any shingles or even granules from the shingles, then there is a chance that there is some damage on the roof. You can do a visual inspection of the roof from the ground, but your best bet is to climb up onto a ladder to get a better look at the potential damage from the storm. If it happens to be minor and there are only a couple of missing shingles, you can usually take care of it yourself. Here's how:

Remove Any Damaged Shingles

Prior to actually installing your new shingles, you need to get up on the roof and remove any impaired ones that you see. To do this, you are going to require a pry bar, non-slip shoes, and a broom. You will also need a ladder and someone to hold it for you.

Once you have everything you need, you'll want to slip on your shoes and then grab your pry bar and broom. Get the ladder into position and make your way onto the roof while someone is holding the ladder for you. When get on the roof, look around for any damaged shingles. When you locate them, pull up the edges of the surrounding undamaged shingles so that you can reach the broken shingles. Use the flat end of your pry bar to pull up the nails from the shingles that have suffered storm damage. Lift and remove the broken shingles from the roof. Now, you can use your broom to remove any dirt that has built up beneath the shingle. Repeat this process until all impaired shingles have been removed from the roof.

Install the New Shingles

Once the damaged shingles have been removed, you can now replace them. You will still need your non-slip shoes, ladder, and someone to hold the ladder. This time, though, you will also need a bundle of brand new shingles, roofing nails, and a roofing hammer.

Once you get on the roof, you will remove the strip of paper from the back of the new shingle and put it in its place on the roof. The adhesive strip will go toward the top of your roof. Press down firmly. Use the roofing hammer to strike several of your roofing nails at the top of the shingle to ensure it is secure. You should now fold any of the nearby shingles' tabs down into their normal position. You can use a roofing nail or two along the outside edges of these shingles to help secure their flat position on the roof.

If this sounds like too much work, you can always contact a professional roofer, like CJ Scotti Services, and have them perform the work for you. Alternatively, if the storm damage is severe, you may want to get in touch with an expert to provide assistance with the repairs anyway.