How to Repair a Roof Ridge

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Circular saw
Lumber 1 by 4
Roofing nails - typically 1 to 1 1/2 inches
Galvanized box nails
Pry bar
Flashing cement
Felt paper (heavy duty)
Shingles that match your old shingles
Tarp or dumpster

Repairing your roof ridge may sound impossible and like a job for a professional, but the truth is, you can do it all on your own. Completing this task isn't too hard with the right steps and will save you a lot of money since you don't have to hire someone.

Step 1 - Set Up

A good idea is to lay out a tarp around the area that you are going to be working on. If you can, have a dumpster near by so that you. Keep it clean as you go. Set up the ladder and make sure that it is on a safe and sturdy ground before you attempt to climb up on it.

Step 2 - Remove Broken Roof Ridge

You can use the pry bar or the pry side of the hammer to pry off the old ridges. Make sure that you get all of the damaged shingles off as well as the surrounding ones. Once you get all of the shingles and ridges pried off you will want to take the rag and clean around the area that you just worked on. Do not continue on with the project until you remove all of the debris and dust possible. If you try to put on new shingles you may run into problems in the future with them not being secure if you don't clean thoroughly first.

Step 3 - Install the New Shingles

This step should be done just as carefully. Take your time when you are installing the new shingles as the quality of your work really matters. Take each shingle and follow the guide and pattern of the existing roof. Place each shingle down one by one and nail in. Make sure that when you are nailing in each one that you are placing it straight on so that you don't run into problems down the line. A good idea for this process is to lay out each shingle before you actually secure it onto the roof so that you know they will fit in the way you are securing.

Step 4 - Clean Up

Clean up isn't too hard if you have the tarp down and a dumpster near by. The biggest part of this process is to make sure that you are discarding everything as leaving parts of the roof out can be dangerous to you or anyone that may pass by your home. The best thing to do is clean up as you go along by throwing the parts of the roof you take off on the tarp and then you can just wrap them up and throw them away.