Wood shingle roofs add a beautiful touch to any home. Unfortunately, they can wear out quickly, especially when they're exposed to extreme weather – such as extreme heat or cold. Occasionally, one or two shingles will wear out and need to be replaced. When that happens, you don't need to worry about replacing the entire roof. All you have to do is remove and replace the damaged shingles. Here are some step-by-step instructions for replacing damaged shingles.
Remove the Damaged Shingles
Unlike asphalt shingles, you can't simply lift up and remove damaged wood shingles. They must be forcibly removed in small pieces. Begin by using a chisel and hammer to break the shingles into workable pieces. Place the edge of the chisel on the shingle and firmly hit it with the hammer until the shingle breaks. Lift the broken pieces off the roof. Use a hacksaw to cut through the roofing nail that was used to secure the shingle.
Secure the Replacements
Once the damaged shingles have been removed, you'll be ready to install the new shingles. Apply a thin layer of roofing cement directly on to the roof. Set the shingles on to the cement and press firmly. Use your hammer to place one roofing nail into the center of the new shingle. This will ensure that the shingle is securely attached to the roof.
Replace the Overlapping Shingles
Now you'll need to install the overlapping shingles. The overlapping shingles are placed on top of your new shingles. Apply a generous amount of roofing cement to the top edge of your replacement shingle. Place the overlapping shingle on top and press forward to push the upper edge of the shingle underneath the next row of shingles. Once the overlapping shingle is in place, secure it with a roofing nail. Repeat the process until all your damaged shingles have been replaced.
Protect Your Wood Shingles
To help prevent weather damage, be sure to seal your roof with a waterproof wood sealant. For this portion of the project, you'll need waterproof sealant – available at any home improvement center – and a garden sprayer. Fill your garden sprayer with the waterproof sealant and apply a thin coat of the sealant directly to your wood shingles. Allow the sealant to air dry. For best results, apply the sealant on a warm day so that the sealant will dry quickly.
Wood shingles do wear out over time. That doesn't mean you have to pay to have your entire roof replaced. The instructions provided above will help you keep your wood shingle roof in good condition. When it's time to have your roof replaced, be sure to contact a roofing contractor, like General Roofing.