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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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  • 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