How to Repair Wind Damaged Asphalt Roof Shingles

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Promptly repair wind-damaged asphalt shingles.
Promptly repair wind-damaged asphalt shingles. (Image: roof image by kuhar from Fotolia.com)

Sturdy roofing protects structures from wind, rain and harsh weather conditions. Asphalt roof shingles are commonly installed on roofs, since they are cost efficient, durable and simple to maintain. While asphalt shingles are designed to resist wind, extreme weather conditions may cause shingles to tear or crack. Wind damage may cause the edges of asphalt shingles to curl, as well. Repair these damages promptly to prevent pieces of shingles from breaking and blowing off the roof. Basic supplies are effective at repairing wind-damaged asphalt roof shingles.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy ladder
  • Slip-resistant shoes
  • Putty knife
  • Brick
  • Roofing nails
  • Hammer

Climb up a sturdy ladder to access the roof. Wear slip-resistant shoes to prevent slipping off the ladder or roof.

Lift up the torn or curled edge of the asphalt shingle. Gently spread roofing cement on the back of the damaged shingle, using a putty knife.

Lay a brick on the shingle to act as a weight. Keep the brick on the shingle for 24 hours.

Remove the brick from the shingle. Nail down the bottom two corners of the shingle, using roofing nails and a hammer.

Slather roofing cement over the nail heads and any cracks, using the putty knife. This seals the asphalt shingle and prevents leaks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute the roofing cement for roofing sealant.
  • Do not repair shingles in snowy, rainy, icy or windy weather conditions; you could slip and fall off the roof.

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