One of the advantages of a shingled roof is that you can easily remove and replace them yourself if it becomes damaged. But this might be a bad idea because it is dangerous to climb onto your roof, and the shingle damage could be a sign of more severe damage underneath.
Why Missing Shingles are a Problem
If you do not quickly replace shingles, moisture will infiltrate your roof and cause the sheathing underneath to rot. Therefore, paying attention to a missing shingle is essential, or your home might suffer much more expensive damage. Fortunately, the roofing contractors likely had a few spare shingles they left behind, and you can use them to replace your missing shingles.
You must replace any damaged shingles you find. Even if a part of the shingle is still attached, the damaged shingle will be compromised. Fortunately, removing the shingle doesn't require advanced tools. You'll need a pry bar, a hammer, roofing nails, and a utility knife. But shingle replacement is a dangerous task.
How to Get Started
When you first get on your roof, you'll need to assess the condition of the roof. You might have a dislodged shingle or discover:
- Ponding water
- Missing granules
- A sagging roof
- A hole in your roof
These are more serious issues that require the attention of a roofing contractor.
Replacing Your Shingle
Hammering in a shingle is strenuous, and you might fall off the roof, especially if you're working on a sloped roof. You're especially likely to fall when breaking the seal on the shingle and the adjacent shingles and when tearing the shingle off.
Using a fall prevention harness can reduce the risk of falling. When climbing up the ladder, ensure someone else is holding it, so it remains steady. Also, you should never work on your roof alone because you need someone to call for help if you become injured.
Hiring a Shingle Replacement Service
While you could fix your shingles yourself, it's better to hire a professional shingle replacement service to do it for you. They will begin by inspecting the roof to ensure it doesn't need more extensive repairs or a complete replacement. You might also have an unstable roof, and they will know if it's safe to climb on your roof.
Hiring a roofing contractor is also simply more painless. You can focus on what matters most while the roof replacement service quickly fixes your roof.
Contact a roofing company to learn more about shingles replacement.