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How to Replace a Damaged Asphalt Roof Shingle

By: Danny Lipford

Asphalt roof shingles can be easily damaged by high winds and falling tree limbs. When replacing a damaged asphalt roof shingle, you can either replace the entire piece, or cut the shingle into sections and replace just a single tab.


        Remove nails           Slide in new shingle       Nail new shingle

How to replace an asphalt roof shingle:

  1. Insert a putty knife under and above the damaged shingle to break the seal holding it down.
  2. Use a flat bar to pry up the damaged shingle and remove the nails, being careful not to damage the shingle above it.
  3. Cut off the damage tab of the shingle with a utility knife, or remove the entire piece.
  4. Slip the new shingle or tab in place, and secure it under the shingle above with 7/8” roofing nails.
  5. Once the damaged shingle has been replaced, lift the tab up and apply a dab of roof cement to seal the shingles to the roof.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  • UFMOOSE1996 Says:
    September 23rd, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Great job in your video….
    Been about 25 years since my last roofing replacement…
    Luckily IRMA just tore off the tops of 1/3 shingles…
    Bravo..😎



  • Kimberly Maltabes Says:
    September 22nd, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Keep in mind that HURRICANE PROOF DOSE NOT EXIST! You can do everything in the world on your doors, windows, roof, paint on your house, generator, shutters and more! But frankly when it comes down to it There is no such thing as hurricane proof! Hurricane resistance is the best you can do! Anyone reading this and disagrees with me? Let us ALL know and why?



  • Kimberly Maltabes Says:
    September 21st, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    We are the only house in our neighborhood that doesn’t have any roof, window, or power outage! AND this is because my husband took every penny from Hurricanes Francis and Jean (from the insurance company) and we didn’t do anything stupid, such as purchase new cars or other TOYS! We put every dime into making our house hurricane RESISTANCED! You can’t make it hurricane proof, but during hurricane Irma we didn’t loose power, or ANY OTHER damage to our house! And 90% of our neighborhood lost roofing and allot of other damage! We have a ceramic type of paint, house generator, etc! So we only suffered a tree down! So do your self a GRAND CHOICE AND IF YOU OWN, PUT THE MONEY INTO YOUR HOME! AND LIVE WITH A CRAP CAR! Unless you want to live in it! Now is the time to negotiate price! Get it done for your family and friends who are too dumb to do what we did! Good luck to you all! AND remember hurricane RESISTANCE! Not hurricane proof!!!!



  • DARREN P. Says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I [LOVE] this site! I haven’t needed the knowledge I’ve gained here before my Dad passed away. Dad could fix just about [anything]. Now that these kinds of repairs are up [to me] now; and I can’t always afford to hire someone to do it, these instructional videos are [AWESOME] for someone like me; who knows how to do it [in my head]; but has never had to [actually] do the work.


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How to Replace a Damaged Asphalt Roof Shingle