How to Fix Loose Shingles

How to Fix Loose Shingles

If you’ve noticed blown-off or damaged shingles on your roof, you may wonder how to fix them. Fortunately, there are several DIY techniques available. To begin, press the cracked ends of the shingle together. Once you’ve secured the shingle, you can start to repair it.

Repair damaged shingles

There are two methods to repair loose shingles: one is to remove the damaged shingles by hand, and the other is to use a pry bar. To remove loose shingles, use a wide flat pry bar 12 to 18 inches long and about two inches wide. You may also need a razor knife if the damaged shingles are on the roof’s edge. Lastly, you will need a hammer and roofing nails with extra-large heads.

The problem with loose shingles is that they allow moisture to seep under the roof. This can cause water damage, mold, and leaks. In cold climates, water in the roof may freeze, further damaging the wood beneath. This can make your home unsafe and lead to more costly roof repairs.

Once you have identified the area, you can remove the damaged shingle. If the shingle is still securely attached to the roof by shingles or shingle sealant, you can lift it using a pry bar. If the loose shingle is in place by a nail, you can hammer the nail out and replace it with a new one.

Another option is to replace the entire shingles. This method is more cost effective and takes less time. It is also much more accessible than repairing the entire roof. If you are a DIY-er, you may already have leftover shingles from your previous roof repair. But if not, you can purchase bundles of shingles that cost $15 to $20 per square foot and are available at home centers and lumberyards.

Once you have removed the loose shingles, you can repair the damaged shingles. To do so, lift the damaged shingles until the nails are exposed. Next, you should slide a flat pry bar near the center nail into the notch and pry the shingle up with it. It is essential to work gently to prevent tearing the shingles.

If you cannot replace the loose shingle, consider installing a new one. You can use roofing cement to attach the new shingle. Once you have installed the new shingle, you should secure it with shingle cement. You can also use a temporary patch of non-matching shingles if the damage is too extensive.

How to Fix Loose Shingles

Repair blown-off shingles

Blown-off shingles can be a complex problem to deal with. This is because shingles on a roof are usually nailed or glued on. If they fall off, they can fall on your home and cause damage. However, there are ways to fix this problem.

Sometimes, you can salvage a shingle or replace it in full. Cut the shingle into smaller sections or replace a single shingle if this is impossible. When installing the new shingles, use galvanized roofing nails. It is best to use four nails if you use standard three-tab shingles.

Before you begin repairing blown-off shingles, you should carefully inspect the roof’s condition. It could be due to high winds if it is in bad condition. Winds of 60 miles per hour or more can cause damage to a roof. These high winds can pull shingles through nails and cause them to blow off.

Once you identify the damaged area, you can repair the shingles. A few supplies are necessary for this task, including a pry bar, hammer, galvanized roofing nails, utility knife, roofing cement, silicone caulk, and matching shingles. Buying one bundle of shingles is not expensive, which is enough to complete the task.

Sometimes, you may need to replace the whole roof if the shingles are blown off. This depends on the age of the roof, the number of blown-off shingles, and the extent of water damage. Hail can also strip off the shingles’ granules, protecting your house from UV rays. This can lead to cracking and leakage.

Even though asphalt shingles should withstand harsh weather conditions, they can blow off. This is why it’s essential to repair blown-off shingles before they cause further damage. Fortunately, this process is pretty simple. Once you’ve replaced the blown-off shingles, you should cover the area underneath the shingles. By repairing this area, you’ll prevent water from damaging the roof structure and letting water seep inside the house.

The first step in repairing blown-off shingles is to remove the damaged tabs. This may require a large hay fork or a rake-like scraper. It can also be possible with a smaller tool, such as the claw of a hammer. Once the shingles are removed, the adhesive will separate from the shingles beneath.

Repair damaged shingles with asphalt roof cement.

If your asphalt shingles have cracked, buckled, or are loose, you can quickly repair them with asphalt roof cement or a caulking gun. However, inspecting the entire roof, including the flashing, is essential. In addition, damaged shingles may have missing tabs, or there may be debris wedged underneath the shingles. If you find any of these signs, you may want to replace your shingles.

To repair damaged shingles, begin by lifting the uppermost shingle and carefully prying out the old shingles. Next, install a new shingle, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Please ensure that the shingles’ back edges are rounded and that the new shingle is aligned with the shingles above and to its left and right. After installing the shingle, place nails near the old ones to anchor it.

Before starting a project, follow OSHA’s guidelines to protect yourself from injury. To apply roof cement, be sure to wear protective equipment, and be careful. Also, ensure that the area where you’re applying the cement is free of any debris, including nails, shingles, and other materials that might complicate the process. This is essential to ensure that the cement adheres appropriately. Before beginning the repair, make sure to check the entire roof to look for shingles that have become loose. Once you’ve identified any open areas, glue them back into place using a putty knife or a trowel.

In most cases, shingle damage is relatively easy to repair. If you have a curled shingle, apply and flatten a generous dab of roofing cement. Curled-back shingles can be reattached with asphalt roof cement or a caulking gun. If the shingles are brittle, soften them first and then press them down. Wear gloves and protective boots since you’ll likely get dirty.

Asphalt roof cement is a multipurpose adhesive and patching compound highly effective on any roof. It can be used to reattach loosened shingles, repair small roof cracks, affix exposed nail heads, and fix rust spots in gutters and metallic trim. It can also fix cracks and securely worn shingles to stop water leaks. Roofing cement comes in different formulas, depending on the type of surface.

Repair damaged shingles with a pry bar.

It would be best to have a flat pry bar, a hammer, and some roofing nails to repair damaged shingles. The first row of nails secures each shingle. After lifting the shingle, use the pry bar to remove the nails and expose the shingle beneath. Once the nails are loose, please place a new shingle. Make sure it fits snugly.

Before removing damaged shingles, remove nails that hold the shingles in place. They should push up about a quarter of an inch. Make sure that you don’t damage good shingles in the process. If nails protrude from the roof, you’ll have difficulty separating the shingles.

Eight nails hold the shingles in place, so be gentle while working with them. Use a pry bar to loosen the tabs that hold the nails gently. If the shingle is loose enough, use a pry bar to lift the damaged shingle from its original location.

Use a safe ladder and a helper if you’re repairing the shingles yourself. It would be best if you also took the time to secure your ladder and footing before each step. Afterward, you should assess the extent of damage and estimate the number of new shingles needed. Ensure the shingles around the damaged area have a straight grain and are defect-free.

After you’ve removed the damaged shingles with a pry bar, you should remove the nails that hold the shingles to the roof deck. Once you’ve done this, you should install the new shingles over the old ones. Don’t forget to fix the damaged deck and the underlayment felt paper.

Damaged shingles can be a sign of a bad storm. They can also lead to leaks. So, it’s essential to repair them before the weather gets too harsh. If you worry about the weather, checking the roof for leaks before deciding to replace them is a good idea.

It would be best to lift the tabs on the roof to install new shingles. Then, apply shingle cement under each tab. Next, push the shingles into place with galvanized nails. Afterward, you can retail the new shingles in their place.

Kyle Houck


About the Author

Kyle Houck is the President of Eastern Exteriors, LLC.

Eastern Exteriors, LLC is a family-owned company based in Frederick, Maryland. From new roof installation and roof repairs by professional roofers to premium window installations and expert siding installation, we are a full-service exteriors and contractor roofing company. And, if storms blow your way, we’ll be there to assess and repair the damage quickly.

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