How to Repair Your Roof



hey guys tom here you know happens to us all where I live in the Northeast or the southeast Midwest the plains anywhere you're subject to heavy storms you run the risk of the wind taking off a couple of shingles well today I'm going to show you how easy it is to put in the back on stick around so had a storm yesterday they notice this morning a couple of shingles were off fortunately didn't rip the shingles to just pop them off the nails I'm gonna reuse these shingles if if you need to replace shingles hopefully if you had your roof done you have some extras the first thing you need to remember when you're doing a repair like this is if you have the slightest apprehension about good and getting up on your roof and being off to ground you need to hire somebody to fix this for you but I'm comfortable with it I've done it a lot so let me bring in and I'll show you how easy it is to fix this and your roof will be watertight in no time okay so it just ripped the shingles off the nails I'm not gonna pull the nails out because that'll make it that's just another hole that has to be fixed so what I am gonna do is just clean out any crap around them just hit it with a little roofing caulk underneath just to kind of seal that nail hole probably not completely necessary and then just drive in those nails I mom here I'm just gonna put a couple staples in the tar paper then the tar paper is actually what makes your house watertight if you actually didn't have shingles on your roof but you had the felt paper down your your watertight so you don't really have to worry about that roof shingles go on from bottom up so I'm just gonna line up my ship my first shingle with the previous course and I'm just gonna drive a few nails now I'm not going to go through the same holes but you see this line of the tar that's where you want to put your shingles I mean your nails and it's just a a about an inch and a half or so roofing nail and I'm gonna put four per single so before I put the second course on I'm just going to put a couple dabs of the roofing caulk where the old car was that way you'll get a seal and then I'm also going to go underneath here put a couple dabs for this course as well so I just line up the next course I got to tuck it up under your shingles where I need to in this last one I just pull the flap up and then a couple dabs the last thing I have to do is just fix this piece right here I just mark it cut it to length tuck it up and I'm back in business as you can see you guys repairing this roof wasn't that difficult I would say the hardest part about this project is just climbing the ladder and getting on the roof but if you're comfortable with Heights and climbing onto your roof you can do this project I'm sure of it if this is your first time here please take a minute subscribe to HD mm we have a lot of great projects for you each week in and around your home and garden and then come on over and see me at the home craft Chronicles for more DIY home improvement or projects just like this until I see you next time right here in HD mmm i'm tom from the home craft Chronicles take care

11 Comments

  • MrJoeinlove

    April 13, 2019

    I have exactly that problem but water tends to pond , what do you suggest? Maybe to put wood under to flatten the roof and then the shingle on top?

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  • Roofing Solutions by Eric Garcia

    April 13, 2019

    Not a professional repair but… It's a good video if you're an inexperienced installer. Thumps up ! It's aimed to help the home owner and save the overpriced cost of hiring a pro roofer. Good video!!

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  • Shandele Broyles

    April 13, 2019

    at the end you had a long seem in the shingles. how does it not leak.

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  • Larry Crookshanks

    April 13, 2019

    Wrong. Put the nails where the upper and lower parts of the shingle are laminated. That's where the strength of the nails head holds best. If you look at the nailing pattern on the blown off area you can see that the nails were installed too high. I can bet that 90 percent of that roof is nailed high . 47 years a roofer. Larry

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  • Zachary Rowland

    April 13, 2019

    At the beginning of the video, it looks like there is considerable hail damage to the roof. If there are more than 10-15 hail hits in a 100 square foot (one square) area you should file a homeowners insurance claim and have the entire roof replaced. Most insurance companies have a 1-2 year grace period for filing, and since it's considered a natural disaster the insurance company can't penalize you (eg. rate increase). So unless your deductible is astronomically high, or you don't have coverage for your roof, do this or you will regret it down the line. I did roofing sales for a couple of years. Most residential roofing companies are very sleazy, so do some research before contacting one.

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  • Thomas Harris

    April 13, 2019

    I enjoy most of your videos, i find them useful and your approach makes it easy to follow and not feel like things are going to be as hard as i think they are both here and your main channel

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  • dymondwillow2

    April 13, 2019

    how would one know when the roof shingles need to be replaced?

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  • pottersquash

    April 13, 2019

    How did you film this? Very smooth.

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  • BlackCat2

    April 13, 2019

    That's awesome! Currently under high winds etc. from Hurricane Harvey and hoping I won't need to fix my roof but I won't know until the system clears out fully. I love being up on my roof though. 😀 It's not really flat but kinda flat… very small gently slope. 😛 I used to be scared of heights though but when I was about 15 years old I really wanted to get over it so I did. I was in Boston and I went to the very top of this tall skyscraper that had an all glass viewing room on top. I leaned my head against the glass and looked down. I stayed until I was not scared anymore. Took a bit – maybe 45 minutes – but 30 years later and still no fear of heights. 🙂 In fact – soon as I get in a bit better shape – going to skydive. 😀 – Heidi

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  • Maikel Versantvoort

    April 13, 2019

    Good video, thank you. One point of critique though: you mention that you should put the nails inside the tar lines (which is correct), but it looks like you put the nails outside of the tar lines. I'm talking about the first shingle you're nailing down.

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  • Yuki Fox

    April 13, 2019

    Matting shingles is just something we don't get in this country. Corrugated iron and tiles are the more common roofs. It's just a weird system but it seems like it would be cheap but quite waterproof laid properly. Anyways great video Tom!

    Also the guys here always use safety harnesses and have a number of rings welded/bolted onto the roof structure where they can attach their harness; useful for doing roof inspection/repairs but then again we're a two story house – it's a long way to fall so a bit of extra precaution is a good thing. 🙂

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