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How to Repair Damaged Roofing

Answered by Brendan ~ February 27, 2010 ~ Comments

Recent windstorms in New Jersey have caused me to lose some shingles in my asphalt shingle roofing. Others are damaged. What is the best way to replace asphalt roofing shingles?

Justin P. ~ Monmouth, New Jersey

Brendan Fowler

Lets start by saying that working on your roof is very dangerous. If the pitch of your roof is more than a 5 and 12 I would not suggest attempting any roof repairs yourself. The term 5 and 12, refers to the pitch, 5 feet of rise over 12 feet of run, which equals approximately 22 degrees of slope. With that said, replacing asphalt shingles is not too difficult. Basically you have to make sure that the old shingles have been totally removed from the place that you intend to place the new shingle. The shingle has to be slid up under the shingle above and over the shingle below and then fastened into place. The fastening is a bit tricky and using a flat bar to help drive the new roofing nails will be a big help. Sometimes damage due to storms will be covered by insurance especially if the damage was caused by the impact of something hitting the roof.

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