Asphalt Shingles Roof Repair

We’re going to repair a roof leak in a shingle roof, and we don’t know exactly, where the leak is coming in, but we have a general idea. So the first step in determining or finding or attempting to find the hole is to identify a starting point and the best thing to do is mark it either with a crayon piece of chalk or even a rock. So we’re just going to mark a tab with a rock.  We’re want to put that rock underneath the shingle. I get it open a couple of things that you’re going to need a hammer some roofing nails, A flat bar and some roofing cement probably better to get a can in this instance rather than in a tube. You’re probably going to use much more than. The first thing you want to do is start getting some tabs up let’s start with that first one and get our mark in place. So now we’ve marked the center.  

We think we need to in most cases if you go just a couple of feet in either direction that’s what’s going to eliminate that area and in the future. You could you can continue working your way outward depending on the direction.  You think the leak is in keep in mind.  

  We’re just trying to get the leak to stop. So that it doesn’t leak inside and continue rotting the wood in most cases, this is going to stop the leak permanently.   

  The first thing we want to do before we do anything is to inspect the area. We’re going to look at the general area that we’ve identified to see if there’s anything obvious things to look for are the roofing nails that were used to put the shingles on. If any of those are poking through the shingles, those are readily visible on the surface.  

The second thing is any decking nails that may have pulled up through the shingles. The only thing that I saw in this area was that tab over there three rows up and one tab. Over from where I marked that one that one’s lifted a little bit there’s probably. Some long nail in there, yeah is that my problem I don’t know, so let’s look at it there’s a large nail, there but we’re going to eliminate it so it won’t be a problem after we leave here.  

Today that’s the only thing I saw so now I’m just going to work my way out.  I’m going to go each tab is afoot. So if I go three times that way and three tabs that way I will have covered seven feet wide each row is approximately five inches. Every two rows are roughly a foot just shy of a foot four rows would easily be almost. Two feet so if you only count the rows, you can get an idea of where you stand as far as go in a couple of feet. In either direction so this case the key ways  

We think we need to in most cases if you go just a couple of feet in either direction that’s what’s going to eliminate that area and in the future. You could you can continue working your way outward depending on the direction.  You think the leak is in keep in mind.  

 We’re just trying to get the leak to stop. So that it doesn’t leak inside and continue rotting the wood in most cases, this is going to stop the leak permanently.   

 The first thing we want to do before we do anything is to inspect the area. We’re going to look at the general area that we’ve identified to see if there’s anything obvious things to look for are the roofing nails that were used to put the shingles on. If any of those are poking through the shingles, those are readily visible on the surface.  

Don’t line up, So I’m not exactly sure, I’m just going to get an idea we’re just going to lift some tabs and get started and see what’s under there, when you’re doing when you’re doing this with the flat bar you really want to be comfortable with it. If it doesn’t come easy stop go at it from a different direction. You can take short jabs at it sometimes that pops it lose another thing is to do it when it’s a little bit cooler outside. When the warmer it is, the stickier, the stickier the adhesive is, and it doesn’t want just to pop up. But in the morning usually it’s nice and fresh and it’ll pop up for you real good. So take your time to get the shingle up first. Once you get it up, it’s probably not going to stick back to itself right away.     

  

So I’ve got the centre roll out I’m going to go ahead and go up four rows. I’m gonna go down four rows. Now for the further down, you can see I put a couple of rocks. So I have my area somewhat mapped out already. Now we want to work our way up methodically, so we’re just going to start at the bottom and work each tab. Just look at each tab and make sure that we eliminate them that row as a suspect.  

The first thing we can do is hit down any nails or get them nice and flat. You can pull them you can put new pins in too to get it nice and flat. Then you’re going to seal it with roof cement.  I’m going to do the first row and then  

  Now I’m going to explain how to do it with.  

 The roof cement went ahead and did two rows found a couple of nails nothing major nothing. I think I was the problem so what we’re gonna seal those two rows and eliminate any possibility for those two rows to be leaking. So you want to get some of that on a spade or something flat that you can scrape with.  We’re gonna put a little bit over the nail. You don’t need to pile it up; it just needs to be on there and seal it. However you have to do it and however long it takes and gonna seal up the seam right.   

 Here’s the seam in the shingle where two shingles meet we want to seal. That up under here and here there’s no reason to seal the whole thing unless you’re glueing a tab back on the water gets under here a little bit. So you want to seal it to here and then seal the two nails, and that’s all you need to do there’s not going to be any holes in the shingle.  unless you see it, but I’m gonna start that’s the first row there  

  And look around stick that down feel the nail again. Another thing with the roof cement is to put a dab at each corner to rejuvenate the adhesive, another seam here so we’re gonna seal it from the UPS underneath the other shingle.   

  

Keep In Mind don’t want to pile up that roofing cement too much. So there are two rows we’ve got one two three four five six seven more rows to go. What I just did some people think you got to put the roof cement on the top and seal these seal these key ways. But truthfully the problem more than likely lies in this area. Whenever there is a problem of course unless you can see it, this is how you eliminate it, and the roof still is going to look beautiful.  You’ll never really know that the roof was repaired unless you’re ripping the shingles.   

  

If you find that you start ripping the shingles then either you’re not doing it right it’s too hot, or the shingles are just way beyond repair.  See that nails pretty close there so if that was loose a loose now waters going to get there that’s a good suspect right there. These nails here too are pretty close; this is just a common thing. When you’re slamming shingles very easy and again all we’re doing is this is a little leak we’re just trying to eliminate suspects eliminate an area.   

  

So we’ve finished with this row no this room. Other shingles go all the way down to where you just barely see the reach the net. First we eliminate any holes then we put some stick bottom seal the nails you can get roof cement in one gallon cans. This is a five-gallon can that I have, so if you had found any loose nails before you put the roof cement. It’s an excellent time to put those in again the first thing you want to do is seal up the nail holes or any other holes. You might find the second thing is to put a little bit to replace the adhesive that was there that take much just keep going until you don’t have any more that’s stuffed up or that. You pulled up the rain comes. Whenever I have extra I just put it in the next one over get rid of some of it. you can see sometimes it comes out from beyond the shingle. It happens you want to try to limit that as much as possible sometimes.  You can just go to the gutter or get some sweep the roof a little bit get a few granules just lay them on top of there. It will be okay for the time being your choices are limited see if you go methodically you can see right where you’re at because once that tab goes down everything looks the same again oh stop it. I think we’re there now this is where a lot of people get in trouble as you can see I just walked over a couple of these places so make sure you check your shoes. Now you see we sealed this area up Sun will come out flatten a lot of this stuff out anything that’s really out there we can go ahead and flatten out. If you take a little piece of chalk or something you can mark the tab to the left you can mark the top to the right the ball top row the bottom row just to know where you’re at maybe next time the chalk will still be there.  

  

It won’t be so apparent that you can see it from anywhere and if it persists if the leak continues you can take it up make it down take it to the left take it to the right there’s a lot of homes where you can’t access the Attic the roof is a low slope. You just can’t get to it to see it and see right where it’s coming in and also often even right where it’s coming in may not be the hole right where the hole is on the Singles.   

 

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