If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you're not alone. Asphalt shingles are among the most popular type of roofing material in the United States. One of the reasons why is because there are so many different color and style choices available, which makes it easy to match shingles to the color and style of your home. Longevity is another reason that asphalt shingles are so popular.

With proper installation and maintenance, some reports state that an asphalt shingle roof can last about 20 years, while the same report states that some asphalt roofs might even last up to 50 years. Finally, asphalt roofs are easy to repair, which makes them popular among homeowners who like the opportunity to take care of their own repairs. If your asphalt roof is in need of repairs, here are some simple instructions that will help you replace those damaged shingles.

Remove the Damaged Shingle

Before you can replace the damaged shingles, you'll need to remove the old ones. The best time to do that is when the sun is warm. The warmth from the sun will heat the shingles and make them easier to bend. For this portion of the project, you'll need a pry bar to remove the nails. Carefully lift up the connecting shingles to expose the damaged shingle. Use your pry bar to remove the nails from the damaged shingle.

Insert New Shingle

Once you've removed the damaged shingle, you'll be ready to install the new one. Turn your shingle over and locate the adhesive strips. Remove the protective covering from the adhesive strips. Carefully place the new shingle directly onto the roof and press down on the edges to ensure that the adhesive strip has adhered to the roof. Place several roofing nails in the new shingle.

Apply Roofing Cement

Now that you have the new shingle on the roof, you'll want to press the surrounding shingles back into place. Before you do that, however, you should apply a thin layer of roofing cement to the edges of the new shingle. Now, press the surrounding shingles into place and press down on the edges to secure the cement. Once you have the shingles in place, hammer several roofing nails along the edges. This will ensure a secure fit for all the shingles. Repeat the process for all your damaged shingles.

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, the instructions provided above will help you replace missing or damaged shingles. For severe damage, or large areas of damaged shingles, you should have a roofing contractor, such as HomeTowne Roofing, take care of the repairs for you.