Did you know you can replace asphalt shingles yourself? If you’re missing a shingle or two and don’t want to hire a roofer, you can follow these basic steps to replace those shingles. However, getting on your roof can be dangerous and stressful. If you’re missing shingles, we recommend calling a local roofer to come out and take a look before you begin.

Replacing Asphalt Shingles

Make sure to have a partner help you with replacing asphalt shingles. You’ll need a ladder, a harness and safety glasses before you ever get up on the roof. If you feel uncomfortable for even a second, don’t get up on your roof and call a professional instead.

The first step is to remove the old shingles. You can do this by breaking the seal between the good and bad shingles. Take your time to do this to ensure you won’t break any shingles around the bad ones. Remove any and all nails used to hold the shingles down. Remove the shingle itself by pulling it downwards, not upwards. After removing the asphalt shingles, clean up any debris, dirt and grime you find under the shingles and area around them.

From there, take the new shingle and follow the pattern on your roof. Place it where the old one was, then use nails to place it properly. Make sure to cover the nail holes over each shingle to ensure a seal with roof cement. Repeat the process as necessary for other missing or damaged asphalt shingles.

If you’re not comfortable on your roof or replacing asphalt shingles yourself, call a roofer to come out and give you an estimate on the repairs. They can help make your roof perfect again and recommend any other repairs you may need.