There comes a time in a wooden shingled roof’s lifetime that repairs are needed. Perhaps there is a split shingle or one with a hole in it that is causing a leak. Maybe one of the shingles is rotten and needs to be replaced.
Either way, there are some basic wood shingle roof repairs that ambitious do-it-yourself homeowners may want to try.
The following article will discuss how to repair wooden roof shingles and is meant for informational purposes only.
Repairing Split Shingles
Mending a split in a wood shingle is a fairly easy task. To do so, begin by drilling pilot holes into each side of the split shingle. Then nail the pieces down onto the roof.
Once each side of the split shingle is secured, seal the split with either roofing cement or caulk
Removing and Replacing Decayed Shingles
Removing a wood shingle is done with a hammer, cold chisel and a hacksaw blade. First take the hammer and chisel. Then use them to split the decayed shingle in half.
After the decayed shingle is split in half, take your hacksaw blade and use it to cut out any nails under the course above.
Now, with the decayed shingle removed it is time to install a new one. Take your hammer and a small 1×2 piece of wood.
The 1×2 piece of wood will act as a buffer between your hammer and the shingle so that you do not inadvertently damage the shingle in the process.
Place the 1×2 between the hammer and the shingle, then strike the 1×2 with the hammer until the new shingle is wedged into place.
It is imperative to note here that you will want to leave approximately ¼ an inch of each side of the shingle to allow for swelling during fluctuations in temperatures.
Once the new shingle is in place you will need to further secure it using a few galvanized roofing nails.
Drive the nails in just below the shingle’s lap line for the next course and then seal the nail holes with roofing cement.
Repairing Shingle Holes
If a wood shingle has a hole in it you do not have to necessarily replace the entire shingle. Instead you can repair the hole by employing the use of a sheet of either galvanized steel or aluminum.
To repair the hole with the metal sheet, simply drive the metal sheet under the damaged shingle by using a hammer and a 1×2 for a buffer between the sheet metal and the hammer.
A word of caution here; you will want to make sure that the metal sheet extends amply above the leak in order to address any potential seepage issues.
Those that need or want to know more about repairing wood shingles should consult and contract with a local licensed roofer.
To reiterate, this article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of a licensed roofer. Anyone attempting to complete this repair does so at his or her own risk.
No warranties or guarantees of a successful wood shingle roof repair or expressed or implied within.