Minor Fixes

Replacing a damaged or missing shingle can be an easy. Fix. F you need to replace a shingle, keep in mind that it is easier to remove a shingle that is cool. If that shingle is exposed to a lot of sun then cool it down with cold, iced water. After cooling occurs, use a metal pry bar between the shingles to separate them. The sealant should snap or pop loose. Remove the nails from the shingle you are replacing as well as the single above it. Replace the damaged or missing shingles with a new shingle matching the rest of your roof. Hand seal these shingles since the sealant probably wont reseal after the shingle is broken.
Replacing a missing hip or ridge cap shingle when they blow off is important since they can leave your roof system open to water or sow infiltration. This allows moisture to infiltrate and enter your attic or rot the roof of your deck.
Replacing hip or ridge cap shingles requires removing any damaged pieces that may have been left over. You may have to remove or loosen any shingles in the proximity of the blown-off shingle to allow you to re-fasten a new hip or ridge cap shingle.
Always be sure to select a new hip or ridge shingle that matches your existing ones, both in color and thickness. Install the new piece; making sure it fully covers any existing ridge vent or other field shingles with the proper length fasteners. Utilize any asphalt cement as directed by the manufacturer’s application instructions.
Replacing hip or ridge shingles requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the hips and ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when replacing hip or ridge shingles on your roof.
Deciding on the proper vent and the amount of ventilation needed is critical. Always consult your local building code for balanced attic ventilation requirements in your area. Not following these requirements may lead to an inefficient system or even weather infiltration. Once you decide on the type of vent that is needed and how much to install, always ensure you install the vent as per written application instructions. Be careful not to cut any attic rafters or wires, and always ensure to properly fasten the vent to prevent blow-off or weather infiltration.
To find a leak source, you need to know what water is likely to do. Water will always flow directly down with gravity. Obstructions, skylights and penetrations are the most common leak sources. Start by examining chimneys, skylights, and plumbing vents. Then inspect roof-to-wall transition areas where flashing takes the place of roofing, such as dormers, valleys, and eaves.

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