Simple Instructions to Remove and Replace Asphalt Shingles on Your Roof.
Asphalt shingle roofs, when properly installed, typically require very little maintenance — one of the main benefits of a shingle roof. However, there may be the odd occasion where a little fix is needed, and, fortunately, asphalt shingles can easily be removed and replaced in just seven steps. Even though the process is straightforward, IKO recommends that only properly trained professional roofing contractors engage in the shingling or repairing of roofs.
The images below depict Sedona Dynasty with ArmourZone shingles.
A word of caution: In cooler weather, the shingles will be stiffer than in warmer weather. Exercise care to avoid distorting the shingles more than necessary.
Slide the pry bar up tight to each nail area and pry upwards on the shingle, which will also lift the nail out of the deck. Lift all four nails out of the target shingle. (In the photo below we’ve shown this step at a roof edge for a clearer view.)
NAIL IN THE TARGET SHINGLE
NAIL REMOVAL FROM OVERLYING SHINGLE
Replacement tip: Here’s a little tip/trick if you want the replaced shingle to be less noticeable. If the shingle you’re replacing is smack dab in the middle of the front of the house, you know from past experience that it may be a bit noticeable, despite your best efforts to use the same shingle brand and color. In this case, find a roof area which is much less visible from the ground — perhaps around the back of the house or a side of a garage roof. Remove a shingle from that location (using the steps outlined above) and install the new shingle there instead. Now, the shingle you need for the front of the house will be an almost perfect match and will be essentially imperceptible. Sure, it’s a little extra work, but the result may be worth it.
This simple technique has been used for decades in those rare instances where a shingle needs to be replaced in an existing roof. For more roof maintenance suggestions, visit IKO’s article on residential roof maintenance.
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