We had a big wind storm go through a couple of weeks ago and it looks
like a couple of shingles got blown off the roof. Looks like the black
plastic or tar paper or whatever they put under the shingles is still
Are there any places that sell just a few shingles at a time so I can
repair just that part while I contemplate getting the whole thing
I''ve never installed shingles before either. Is it as easy as it
looks? Just lift up the shingle above it and push it up there as close
to even with the other shingles in it's row as I can and nail it in
I know the shingles on that part of the house are getting old but I
would like to try to make it to summer of even fall before I call a
A basic bundle of shingles consists of 1/3 of a square. A square is
enough to cover 100 sq ft. You get maybe 23 shingles in a bundle and runs
about 20 bucks.
You need to lift the shingle above it to remove the nails from the one
you are replacing. Sealing tab must be broken to lift it. Putty knife
usually works. You need to remove all 3 tabs (assuming 3-tab shingles)
that make up the shingle. There is a minimum of 4 nails per shingle - one
on each end and one at each tab intersection.
You need to lift the shingle two rows above the one you are replacing and
remove SOME nails - the ones that align with vertically with the shingle
being replaced. This is because these nails catch the top of the
replacement shingle underneath.
Once you have all the nails out, it should slide out easily. If it
doesn't, there may be an extra nail someplace.
Slide the new one in place.
Renail all nails removed. Not in same exact hole locations of course.
Cover any holes in existing shingles where nails were removed with roof
Seal edges of shingles that were lifted with roof cement.
I don't get it. You call yourself Red Green and you don't mention duct
tape even once?
Just kidding. I've been watching the Red Green show for years.
Thanks for the tip. I shore do appreciate it.
A short handle shingle rake is even better for getting at the nails two
rows up that are way under the shingle towards the back, The bend in the
rake end is just right where pushing the handle down very little gives
lots of up & leverage at the teeth end that catches the nail head without
breaking the shingle above.
But unless you've done a roofing project or two you're more likely to
have a flatbar. Investing 20-25 for a short shingle rake for just a few
nails is not practical of course.
You could use flashers (8x8 or so piece of metal) if the tabs that
came off are over a butt end of the shingle below. Just slip it in
under the course above. But unless a friend has some extras, just buy
a bundle for about 20- 25 bucks and save the rest for subsequent
blowoffs. They'll happen. Tom
You are right. If I try to make it through the summer, I will probably
lose some more. But if I lose one on the East side where it is really
steep, I will be calling a contractor too sweet.
Probably the easiest to drive around, see where a roof is being
installed and ask for a couple shingles. Buy a tube of tar caulk.
You may get away with using just the caulk or caulk and tar paper for
6 months, especially if there are no leaks.
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