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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Shingle Replacement Mistakes That Can Create Leaks

by Martha Soto

If you have an asphalt shingle roof and notice several shingles that are in need of some TLC, then you may choose to replace the shingles yourself. This is a relatively simple job that you can likely complete on your own. However, in your attempt to make a repair, you may actually make things a bit worse and cause a leak. Keep reading to learn about a few common repair mistakes that can cause leaks.

Not Following Nailing Requirements

Shingles must be nailed to the roof deck. This secures them properly and ensures a waterproof and windproof surface. However, if you place nails in the wrong area, you will be forming holes in the roof where water can leak through. This is often the case if the nails are visible once the shingle is secured. 

Proper nailing allows the shingle above the replaced one to cover the nails. Water is far less likely to pool around the nail and seep underneath the shingle. Unfortunately, nailing can be confusing since each type of shingle has its own requirements. Four to six nails are commonly needed and most shingles require either one or two nails on the edge of the shingle and one or two above the tab seam. 

While it may make sense to place nails on the adhesive strip of the shingle, this can lead to shingle movement as the wind hits the roof. Nails should be placed just underneath the adhesive edge instead.

Folding Shingles

It can sometimes be difficult to replace shingles while trying to retain the overall integrity of the roof. You will need to move shingles aside to get to the deck, and you may be tempted to fold the existing shingles as well as the new ones. However, this will lead to a crease in the shingle. The shingle mat may break or this might form a weak spot in the shingle and water can penetrate through it.

Instead of folding the shingles, use a shingle remover tool. Use the tool to gently lift up the shingle above your repaired one. Just make sure not to force the tool to far underneath the shingle or you will remove the nails with the indentations of the tool you are using. With the shingle lifted slightly and angled upward, gently slip the new shingle underneath and insert your nails. 

If you need help with the installation of shingles or if you want more tips on how to prevent leaks when replacing shingles on your own, speak with a roof company