Asphalt Shingle Repair Tips

a few shingles ripped off of a roof
What You'll Need
Roofing cement
Pry bar
Putty knife
Roofing knife
Roofing nails

Asphalt shingle repair can be a key to maintaining a waterproof asphalt shingle roof. These roofs are among the most effective and inexpensive of all residential roofing systems in use. They are also among the easiest to repair. Shingles from these systems typically last as long as 20 years. Typically, any repair need comes from individual torn shingles that can normally be repaired, not from excessive wear. You can use the information below to repair your torn asphalt shingles.

Apply Roofing Cement

Locate the shingles on your roof that are torn severely enough that they leak, or those that may leak in the future if the tear grows longer. Use a sound piece of asphalt shingle to glue to the torn shingle. If necessary, cut a piece of good shingle that is large enough to overlap the tear in the shingle you're repairing. Use a putty knife to apply roofing cement to the underside of the torn shingle and to the underside of the piece you're using to repair the torn shingle. Create a tight bond between these pieces by pressing their glued surfaces together. Then, press these shingles to the roof surface to create a bond with it.