How to replace a damaged shingle

We had a wind storm recently blow off one shingle and damage 3 shingles on our garage. We had to replace them, and all the roofing companies said to do it ourselves, because its easy.

Winds of 100km, the yard was a mess, garbage, shingles, toy pools, wishing wells and leaves everywhere.
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Step 1: Get New Shingles

Take your shingle to the store and get a bundle of matching shingles. Make sure you get a bundle, because I thought I needed one and I ended up using 4 and breaking 2 by dropping them.

In our case it was a laminated NY Driftwood bundle for 25 dollars at RoofMart.

This image will help you determine what to get:

Step 2: Set Up

Plan to fix your shingles on a sunny warm day, not cold because they will crack, and not hot because they will crumble.

Then set up a ladder and bucket system, in the bucket you will probably need
  • Bucket
  • Rope
  • Hammer
  • Roofing Nails
  • Crowbar
  • Fulcrum for prying (2x4)
  • Shingles, (one at a time. We used a vice grip tied to a rope to hoist up the shingles.
  • Caulking Gun with Roof Tar Tube

Step 3: Understand Shingles

Here is a drawing of my shingles (from here on, it will be drawing because a steep roof where everything is sliding down is not the place for a camera, and my dad wasn't very excited to hold a camera for a hour.)

Shingles are in strips about 3 feet by 1 foot. They are attached by roofing nails (which have huge heads) and tar.

Shingles overlap so water runs off the roof.
Harryone5 years ago
Some shingles come with a few spots of roofing cement preapplied. After a coupla warm days they'll glue their flaps down automatically-at least, hopefully. Black gooey stuff is at other places, too. I'd suggest the warmest day available since it makes the goo softer and easier to abuse. Wear a hat.
mweston5 years ago
We just had a winstorm here in Cincinnati Ohio... except our wind actuall took all the shingls off Happen to have an instructable on that :)
mweston mweston5 years ago
BTW, I like the pictures, they make it a lot easier!
sbrown (author)  mweston5 years ago
Actually, no but I can make one. I re shingled our shed last year. Do you want me to make one?
mweston sbrown5 years ago
No thanks, we are having a roofing company lay down all new shingles, but if you ever happen to need to re-roof something, post pictures - Im sure it would help a lot of people.
sbrown (author)  mweston5 years ago
Indeed, I will be doing a shed in what 20 years? :D haha i just did it last year.
It's even harder when the previous owner of the home re-shingled the roof incorrectly.
srhadaham5 years ago
looks like you did an excellent job and your pictures made it easy to follow

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