The middle of the spring season is the peak time for cottage work. Because you’ve got to make up for all winter, that might mean a trip up to the roof. Cottage country is often a windy place, and that can mean torn asphalt roof shingles.
- Start repairs with a thin-bladed pry bar, lifting the edges of neighbouring shingles held down by tar.
- Bend back the shingle above the damage zone, remove the remains of the dead shingle as far up as you can reach, then pull out visible nails.
- The new shingle won’t slide into place far enough without trimming, so slice two inches off its back edge for a start. Give it a try. Slice more if needed.
- Secure new shingles with blobs of roofing tar from a caulking gun, top surface and bottom.