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How To: Replace a Shingle

Nov 22, 2021
hi everyone i'm going to show you how to

replace

an architectural tile a couple of tools you're going to need, you're going to need a hammer, you're going to need a crowbar, you're going to need some type of trowel. I like to use a trowel. Because it's a very firm piece of metal you can't use a putty knife or I guess you could technically get away with using the pry bar but get it right, you really need testing and you'll need an inch and a quarter. roofing nails ok so we're going to go ahead and jump into this and I'll show you what I do so the first thing I'm going to do is obviously I'm going to check to make sure there's only one

shingle

that's damaged if there's more

shingle

s , so you know it's something we'll have to address later, but we're just going to

replace

this shingle.
how to replace a shingle
This is what I'm going to do. I'll start by loosening the existing damaged shingle. and it just does it by placing a trowel under the shingle and moving left and right, uh, one thing I see a lot of people do is they'll take the trowel and pull on the shingle. This will definitely damage the shingle as you go, keep going up so do it here as well. possibly break the tile so you want to take this trowel and go left and right left and right and it may take a little bit longer but bear with it ok so this is the damaged shingle here it's going to be a three foot shingle and I'm going to loosen the shingles that are adjacent to the left and to the right and then two above and again it's a back and forth motion it's not one of these where you're ripping it right move our replacement shingles over here oh they want to slide into the gutter ok loosen this one here so all set ok now we have everything we need to loosen now just so you can visually see what it is or what i I've loosened up ahead and put a little piece of chalk there for you so that I've loosened up our angle of damage and I've loosened up this tile this this this this this this and these two so you have to loosen up the tiles that are the left and the right and right above so next thing q What I have to do is take my crowbar. use something that is going to be used for roofing ok some people call this a flat bar it really depends what part of the country you are from so the first thing i am going to do is lift the shingle straight up to get the nails out ok , there should be four to six nails per shingle, so there will be two sets, there will be four or six nails here, four or six nails on top as well, so I'm just going to go under the shingle and work up and down and get this thing off right away, you don't need to be too hard on it if it's already loosened these shingles.
how to replace a shingle

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This shouldn't be a fight. You shouldn't have to fight the tile. in fact, drive six nails per shingle. This shingle only had four, so it would be mediocre insulation for us. We wouldn't install a roof like this. We would install another fifty percent more nails. if they really know what it is ask them how many nails they use per architectural shingle, if not at least six use someone else, next we're going to loosen the sheet, the nails that are in the shingle directly above, okay ? going to go in here just like we did in the damage below and come here and loosen this up again if you have to stop the video rewind you'll see while you do this repair you can just be careful on top of the roofs another pro tip make sure you drink lots of water we are here in athens georgia today and its hot its hot stay hydrated on the roofs now what i like to do i'll just give a simple pull test to see if the shingle is coming off you shouldn't have to rip it off so I'm doing a simple pull test, shaking it around a bit and there's an area that's stuck here, all of that means I probably missed a nail, so I'll go back and recheck and see if I missed a nail.
how to replace a shingle
Sure enough, I missed this nail here, so I'm going to loosen this up and that shingle should slide right out. It shouldn't be a fight if you have to fight. keep looking for good nails to make the shingles come out. I'm going to leave this here. I have some debris for some other videos we've shot. I only had one day of video today. Okay, now what you're going to do is you. I'm going to align your shingle inside where your damaged shingle was I'm going to put my crowbar back if I can bring it over here come on so now one thing to note it's a nifty thing this shingle right here is already sticking to the shingle underneath , you can see this tar down here, it's hot on this roof, so when you're working with your hands and you're working with these shingles, you want to make sure that you're not hitting these tar lines too much so that you can try to set the shingle as close as possible. fast as possible so let's get this shingle up perfect fit perfect if you have any trouble getting the shingle to slide on there it means you may have lost the nail go back and get the nails.
how to replace a shingle
What we do is reverse the chronological order of what we just did, so we're going to go back to the top layer up here and re-secure these nails. Now the installer of this roof initially only used, as I said, about four nails per shingle. I'm going to come back with anywhere from you know four to six um a couple of reasons one b Because if this shingle has six nails and the others have four, it doesn't increase the warranty on the roof or anything like that, so we're going to go back with that, the first appropriate thing we don't want to do. it's lifting this one too many times every time we lift these tiles it's creating more and more damage you can just see this wrench coming apart here i'll talk more about that in a second okay let's see everything looks good there they put one more nail right here now this is it easier if you have a problem with a nail gun if it forced you to push the shingle back so much so you can drive the nail in sometimes it causes more damage to the shingle so anytime we're doing a repair we're really getting trying really hard not to damage the shingles above ok put a few more nails in here last one ok to make it look good now let's do the most important part after it's done and that's reseal all these areas that i've already got up let's seal those areas back off again this is just some good old np-1 caulk i got this from the beacon supply this is a beacon point it's also available to the public if you need to go there get a p caulking oco to get some shingles or if you need help selecting a contractor a lot of your supply companies really know the good contractors and the ones that a put in invoices on time and b have actually been around for a while we see a lot of contractors in the area from george they say things like 50 total years of combined industry experience and things like that i mean it could mean they have 20 people 25 maybe 25 people on their team and they've only been doing it for two years you know really You want to make sure when I'm selecting someone to do the repairs, re-roof or even really just an inspection that this person really knows the industry, knows what process to use when doing the repairs, I'm surprised there are a lot of people, a lot of roofing companies that don't. roofing repairs now real quick let me show you this we've sealed everything we've sealed our shingles we sealed everything looks good we'll go ahead and re-seal this shingle even though we just left it we're going to go ahead and seal this one it's already starting to stick a little bit, but just for that extra security when we get off the roof, we want to be 100 percent sure that this roof won't leak if it starts to rain in an hour. a week or a year now that it's an architectural shingle repair we might do a repair video a little bit later how you can look at one of these shingles and know if a roof is actually repairable or not keep in mind there are a few roofs that really aren't repairable due to the condition of age or granular loss so if you like this video please give me a like if you have any questions please leave a comment thanks so much for tuning in have a great day

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