Materials Needed:

  • replacement shingle (must have similar size and type of material as the rest of your roof)
  • flat pry bar
  • hammer
  • 11/4-inch roofing nails, at least 10 pieces (the exact number required would depend on the size of your shingle)
  • stable ladder


Back then, during the time when roofs were primarily made of wood and slate materials, a damaged shingle repair or replacement must be addressed only by an expert. Otherwise, it can be very extremely difficult to work with cumbersome materials and putting everything in place. An experienced professional would be able to do so with great ease while avoiding any major accident altogether. It’s a good thing though, that contemporary asphalt shingles render a situation that’s fairly manageable. Anyone who would be able to invest a bit of time and hard work into it can preferably DIY.

  1. Position the ladder against the part of the structure where the shingle is set upon. Ensure that it is steady and stable, and would not wobble as you climb up.
  2. Locate the shingle that’s situated right above the one that’s damaged, and which you intend to repair. The nails, a total of four, which holds this shingle also part of the damaged shingle, so you must pull them out first.
  3. Set the pry bar beneath the shingle that’s directly on top of the damaged shingle, then pry it upward until all four nails bilge to about an inch.
  4. Carefully press down on this upper shingle such that the nails are maintained in its popped out position, then pull them out using the back end of your hammer. Keep in mind not to attempt to take out each individual nail with the hammer left under the shingle, since it could tear apart.
  5. Push the nails up on the damaged shingle with the pry bar. Press the shingle down, then pull the nails out with your hammer, in the same manner you did it on the previous step. If only a portion of the damaged shingle becomes disengaged, then you may have to pull out one or more nails that are still on the roof mainly with your hammer.
  6. Your damaged shingle should be loose by now and easily removed. Carefully slide your new, replacement shingle into place, then tuck the top part underneath the shingle that’s directly above it.
  7. Deliberately hammer the nails through your new shingle down to the roof, making use of about 8 pieces of nails and do your best to lay it nearest to the original positioning as much as you can.

DIY Useful Tip:

It’s best to pick a day bestowed with moderate temperature when planning your shingle repair. If the weather is too cold, the shingles can become brittle, which increases its likelihood to crack. However, if it is too hot, the shingles can develop a gummy consistency, where lifting nails out can be quite troublesome.

Safety is a Must

When repairing a roof, ensuring your safety should be your priority. It always comes first on top of performing the task properly. Falling off even just a single-story roof can cause several injuries to an individual. Each and every step you take must be made with sheer caution- executed slowly and very carefully, regardless of how accustomed you are with your roof. The worst thing that can happen due to a roof that’s not perfectly repaired is that you get a leak, but without observing best practices for utmost safety, you can only imagine the worst that can happen, and a leak will be downright the very least you’ll be worried about.