If you are like many new homeowners, you were jumping for joy as you signed the closing papers on your home. However, one downside if you will eventually find yourself making repairs. The roof is one of the aspects that might need a simple repair occasionally to prevent bigger problems. For example, temperature changes can cause a bubble in one of your shingles.
This guide explains how to fix this issue before water begins leaking in your home:
Step 1: Collect the Materials
Get started on repairing the bubble in your shingles by going to the home improvement store and picking up the following:
- safety harness
- utility knife
- asphalt shingle (one that matches the roof)
- roofing cement
- putty knife
Step 2: Access the Shingle
Put on your safety harness according to the direction and climb the ladder to access the bubbled shingle.
Step 3: Cut the Bubble
Cut through the bubble with the utility knife by placing it a little past where the bubble begins, and then slicing through the bubble to a little past where it ends. The cut should be deep enough to go through the shingle, but not so deep that you cut the felt.
Step 4: Fill the Bubble
Place some roofing cement in the cut with the putty knife. Extend the cement out a couple inches from the bubble.
Step 5: Insert a Portion of a Shingle
Cut a small section of the new shingle to fit the cut you made. Insert it into the cut, but make sure it is on top of the cement that you placed inside the cut.
Step 6: Seal the Cut
Press the cut closed with your fingers. Apply a generous layer of roofing cement over the top of it. Try to extend the cement a couple inches in every direction around the hole.
If the hole is more than a little damp, check the area in the attic to see if there is water leaking. Call the roofer to help resolve this issue. The simple fix of repairing a bubble may not be enough to prevent damage from water that has already leaked in.
Try to schedule this project for a clear day with moderate temperatures, so your focus is on the job and safety. Call your roofer if you run into any issues with these steps or if you find many bubbles on your roof once you get up there.Share