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Look Up At What's Missing: How To Replace That Missing Wood Shingle

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If you're like most people, you probably don't give your roof a second thought until you're faced with a roofing emergency. Unfortunately, by the time you notice the roofing emergency, you could already have substantial damage underneath the roofing material. For instance, by the time you notice the wet spot on your ceiling, the water has probably already damaged the substructure of your roof and caused mold growth.

The best way to prevent roofing emergencies is to pay close attention to your roof. One way to do that is to conduct monthly inspections of your roof. You don't even have to climb on the roof to do it. Simply look up at your roof from ground level. You'll be able to see missing or damaged shingles, and deposits of leaves and other debris. Leaves and debris should be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent mold growth on your roof. Missing and damaged shingles should be replaced or repaired immediately.

Replacing A Wood Shingle/Shake

If you have a wood shingle or shake roof, you can easily replace missing or damaged shingles in an afternoon. Here are some easy to follow instructions that will help you keep your wood shingle or shake roof in good condition. Before you begin, you'll need to pick up a few supplies.

  • Replacement shingles
  • Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Roofing nails
  • Roofing hammer
  • Small block or brick

Remove The Old Shingle

To remove the damaged shingle, you're going to shimmy your chisel under the front edge of the shingle. Once the chisel is under the shingle, you're going to hit the end of it with the mallet. Carefully break the old shingle into pieces so that you can remove it easily.

Install The New Shingle

Once the old shingle has been removed, you're going to place the new shingle in the existing space. Push it as far in as you can, and then you'll need to hammer it the rest of the way in. Place your small block or brick up against the edge of the new shingle and carefully hit it with the hammer to push it into place. Use your hammer to place two roofing nails directly between the new shingle and the existing shingles on each side. This will hold all of the surrounding shingles in place.

Now that you know how to replace the wood shingles on your roof, you can take care of minor problems before they turn into major roofing emergencies. Be sure to do a visual inspection of your roof at least once a month.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Jess' Residential Roofing or a similar company.