How To Repair Newly Laid Shingles That Are Lifting Up


The joy of owning a new roof can quickly vanish when the shingles begin to lift up. New shingles lift up because shingle adhesive did not get enough time to seal fully and if you do not take care of the situation soon enough, strong winds may worsen the condition of your roof; the winds will force the shingles to tear away from the nails. On top of that, your roof will become leaky and it will let in rain, which will present another set of new problems in the house such as destruction of wall paint. If the adhesive is the sole reason why the shingles are lifting or curving up, you shouldn't worry much because the repairs required are easy to make. 

How To Climb The Roof Safely And Assess The Damage

You may not know that there is a problem with the shingles until you check them yourself. It is also important to assess the damage made so that you can decide the kind of repair that is required. For safety purposes, pick a day that has no wind to make the repairs. Climbing the roof in the morning may not be a good idea either because of the morning dew that induces a slippery effect on the surface of the shingles; wait until the morning dew has evaporated. Better yet, wear sneakers so as to enhance the traction between your shoes and the roof.

Another safety tip is to tie your waist with a long rope and toss the other end of the rope over the peak of the roof. Then instruct someone else to tie it on a secure structure such as a tree.  Once you are up on the roof, start to look for shingles that have lifted or curled upward. Supplies you need to make the repairs are a whisk broom, a putty knife and roof cement.

Repairing The Shingles

First sweep away dirt beneath the shingles using the whisk broom. Then take your cement and use the putty knife to apply a dab of it under the edges of the lifted or curved shingle.  Press the shingle downwards and stand on the cemented sections for a few minutes until the cement adheres to the shingle on its own. If the cement fails to hold on its own, place a heavy object on the shingle and leave the object in that position for 24 hours. 


16 May 2016

Repairing Broken Buildings

Welcome to my blog! My name is Richard and my big passion in life is looking for old buildings to restore. My love of old buildings started when I was seven years old and I visited my grandparent's house in Alice Springs. It was a large Victorian building which looked magnificent even though it was in a bad state of repair. Once I grew up and made some money, I decided I would like to invest in old buildings to bring them back to life. I hire a range of different contractors to complete the work on my behalf but I take a keen interest and I have learnt a lot of things.