Precautions Before You Attempt Shingle Repair

Precautions Before You Attempt Shingle Repair

26 February 2021

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As your roof is arguably one of the most important components of your home, it is essential to keep it up to date and well built. Your roof not only protects you and your family from hazardous weather but also protects the overall structure of your home. Having your shingles regularly checked for damage and repairing them is key for a structurally sound home. It is also important to take certain precautions before attempting a shingle repair on your roof. 

We always recommend you call a properly licensed and insured roofing contractor instead of attempting any repairs yourself. 

Preparation For Your Shingle Repair: 

There are a few key steps you need to follow before attempting a shingle repair. These steps are essential in ensuring your shingle repair will be properly done while also contributing to your safety. 

Safety Precautions

First and foremost, practicing proper safety precautions is necessary to protect yourself and your surroundings during a shingle repair. Routine safety precautions when repairing your roof include wearing the proper attire. Appropriate clothing consists of sturdy footwear, protective eyewear, and heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands. Not only is sturdy footwear important but so is the compound of the sole as this can cause you to slip or even further damage the roof. It is also helpful to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants. 

Aside from wearing safe attire while attempting a shingle repair, it is also important to consider extra equipment to ensure your safety. Installing roof jacks can make it easier to walk and stand on your roof. This can prevent unwanted accidents such as slipping. You can also consider using a harness while attempting your shingle repair. While this might seem like an unnecessary precaution, your safety is the highest priority in the end and wearing a harness will only help prevent the likelihood of an accident. Lastly, it is important to never work alone when attempting to repair your roof. An extra set of hands can help to limit the possibility of an accident. This person can contribute in ways such as holding your ladder so the base is more secure as well as keeping an eye out for silly mistakes that might be made throughout the process. 

Accessing Damaged Shingles: 

First, locate the area on the roof where the damaged shingles are. Once you find the damaged area, you must determine how many shingles need to be replaced. Next you will decide how damaged the structure is underneath the damaged shingles. Be sure to check if the damaged area is still preventing moisture or if the roof has become leaky and is letting moisture in underneath. If the affected area is no longer preventing moisture, the entire area must be replaced including the shingles and structure underneath. If your shingles are still preventing

moisture but appear to just be brittle and dry, it is necessary to take the time to re-secure the shingles to the roof. 

Replacing Damaged Shingles: 

Before attempting to repair your shingles, you must remove the damaged ones. Start from the top of your roof and work your way down, removing all the damaged shingles and sheathing. Also, remember to remove all of the old nails during this process. After you are done removing the old shingles, sheathing and nails, dispose of them and work your way back up to the roof to repair any damage to the boards underneath. This includes any boards that have water damage, have been rotting away, or have been warped. 

Disposing of Damaged Shingles: 


As some shingles are reusable, some companies will assess the damage and donate them to low-income families who could benefit from them. This is the least common option. 


Most shingles will take a while to decompose in a landfill, you might want to consider recycling them. Asphalt shingles may be recycled into many possible options for cement and paving companies. These include roadways, cement, and reducing the need for new oil and other resources when paving. Recycling is a great option when it is available. Not all areas offer shingle recycling. 


Although not the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of shingles, you can haul your damaged shingles and other damaged roof materials to a landfill and simply just unload them. Landfills may charge a dumping fee. 


Overall, it is essential to follow certain precautions before and during a shingle repair. Your roof is one of the most important structures of your home and it is necessary that repairs are performed with accuracy while following safety measures. Following safety precautions such as wearing the proper attire and following basic roofing protocols are needed to make sure your shingle repair goes as planned. Proper attire includes protective eyewear, boots with a roof-safe sole compound, heavy-duty gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants. Using a secure ladder and installing roof jacks to allow for a stable platform to walk around your roof is key. You should also never work alone when attempting a roof repair. Lastly, it is important to access the damage before you attempt your shingle repair so you have an idea of how much work overall needs to be done. You may find more damage than expected and instead choose a full roof replacement. Advanced Roofing & Construction, LLC can provide you with a free roofing estimate on a repair or a new roof and complete your roofing job for you while providing you with the utmost customer service.

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