3 Tips For Removing A Broken Roofing Shingle Without Damaging The Ones Around It

4 August 2017
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If you have noticed that a few of your roof's shingles are damaged, you may have decided to try to replace them yourself. If so, use the following three tips to remove the shingles safely without damaging the ones around it.

Break the Bond Around the Shingle

When your roof was installed, a bonding agent was applied around and on the shingles to protect them and keep water from seeping in underneath them. Before you attempt to remove the shingle, you first need to break the bond around it. If you do not do this, you risk cracking and breaking the shingles attached to it.

To break the bond around a shingle, carefully run the end of a small crowbar inside the crevices around it. This should also break the seal that attaches the shingle to those surrounding it. 

Use a Buffer When Prying up the Shingle

After you have broken the seal, the next thing you need to do is to pry the bottom of the shingle up so you can easily access it. However, if you use a crowbar or claw hammer to do this, the point of contact from the tool on the neighboring shingles could put too much pressure on them, potentially damaging them.

Before you start prying, place a buffer between the tool and your roof. Use a thick cloth or terry towel that is folded over a couple of times. The material will absorb the pressure so that the prying action does not break the shingle beneath it.

Take the Nails Straight Out

Once you have pried up the bottom of the shingle, you will need to remove the four nails securing it to the roof before you remove it. However, you should be mindful of the way you take out the nails.

If you try to take the nails out at an angle, you may bend them, making it next to impossible to reuse them when applying the new shingle. Also, if you tear out the nail at an angle, you risk ripping the other shingles or the underlayment of the roof. This damage could result in a leaking roof.

The above tips should help you remove single shingles without damaging the ones surrounding them. However, if you have extensive damage that requires more than a few shingles to be replaced, contact a residential roofing company like Emerald Roofing to have them inspect your roof and discuss your options for either repairing small patches or replacing your entire roof.