Tips For Repairing Curled Roofing Shingles

If you have an asphalt roof and see curled shingles across the surface, then it may be time to start thinking about a roof repair. And, in some cases, you can make the repair yourself. Keep reading to learn about some tips to help you with this. 

Look For Signs Of Ripping

The first thing you should do when deciding on whether or not you can repair curled shingles is to see if the shingles are cracked and ripping. Cracks and rips are a sign of structural shingle damage where the matte of the shingle has started to disintegrate. So, you want to completely replace these shingles if you can. Since shingle damage can often be found in small sections of your roof, you want to look at sectional reroofing. 

To figure out if the shingles are damaged to the point that they need replacement, first inspect for linear rips. Gently push on the shingle to see if it has any give or spring to it. If it does not, then you will likely see some new tears forming and this is a sign that replacement is needed.

Additionally, you want to look for folds in the shingles. Folds can be a sign of wind damage and lift. This is a precursor to blow off, which can lead to a completely unprotected roof during and after a wind storm. 

Heat The Curls First

If you do not see any serious damage like rips and tears, then you can often flatten out the shingles and re-adhere them to the roof's surface. Before placing any cement underneath the curls, you want to heat the shingles slightly. This helps to soften them so that tears are less likely. And, as the shingles cool down, they are more likely remain flat. 

You can heat up the curled edges with a heat gun. Heat guns look a lot like hair dryer, but they produce more heat. You want to aim the gun at the curl, hold the end about four to five inches from the shingle, and apply the heat until the shingle starts to flatten. Stop heating the shingle when the curl sits flat and with a pair of work gloves, gently pull up the curl. You want to place a generous amount of adhesive underneath the curled edges. You can use either roofing caulk or roofing cement for this.

Once the adhesive is added, place a heavy object on the curled spot for about 10 or 15 minutes. A brick works well for this. 

Talk to a business like NKS Contracting for more details.