When a storm blows through your area and beats against your roof with strong winds, you could lose a few shingles. Shingles that needed to be repaired or secured to the deck may lift off easily and get blown away. When the shingles go, the underlayment might rip off and blow away too if it has already deteriorated.
This leaves the wood deck of your roof exposed to rain, so you'll want to get the storm damage repaired as soon as you can so your deck isn't damaged by rain and rot. Here's what a roofer might do to repair your roof when a lot of shingles are missing.
Do A Damaged Or Missing Shingle Count
Your insurance company might pay for a new roof if enough shingles have to be replaced. The roofer can count the missing shingles and report to your insurance company to see if they'll replace or repair your roof.
If you'll replace your roof, the roofer may need to order supplies to find a close match in shingles so the repairs blend in well. If you'll need to wait for repairs to be done, the roofer might put a roof tarp on your home to protect the deck until the shingles can be replaced.
Tear Off Damaged Shingles
If any shingles are still partially attached to the roof, it might be possible to save them and nail them back in place. However, shingles that are cracked, ripped, or bruised should be removed so they can be replaced with new shingles.
Replacing them could be faster than trying to repair the shingles, especially if the roofer has to replace several shingles in a row. In addition to pulling the bad shingles off, the roofer can tear off loose underlayment and inspect the deck to make sure it isn't damaged.
Patch In New Underlayment
Underlayment keeps your roof deck dry, so your roofer will probably patch new underlayment over the exposed deck after the torn underlayment is removed. Underlayment for asphalt shingle roofs usually has a peel-and-stick backing, so it's easy to apply. It's just cut to size and then adhered to the bare spot on the deck.
This gives the roofer a chance to look for loose nails they may have missed when they tore off shingles. The old nails should be removed too. If the roofer will use new holes for the new shingle nails, then the old holes should be filled so they don't let water leak through.
Put On New Shingles
The last step in this type of storm damage roof repair is to put on the new shingles. Putting on new shingles isn't too difficult. The new ones slide right under the old shingles. The old shingles need to be lifted up so the tops of the new shingles can be nailed down.
The roofer has to move across the roof and replace every missing shingle so your home is no longer at risk of leaking. With all the shingles fastened to the roof securely, there is a lower risk of them getting caught by the wind and being ripped off during the next storm.
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