Having an asphalt roof is a very common roof to find on my homes as it is very durable and not expensive to have put on. Most of the roofing repairs to be done on an asphalt roofs can be made by the homeowner. One important thing to remember is if you are ready to fix the roof make sure that it is done when the weather is warm. The reason is that if the weather is cold the asphalt shingles could crack. Asphalt shinglees are easier to work with because they are more malleable when they are warm. This will help make the roofing repairs go a lot easier and will also be more effective.
Before you start to make the repairs on your asphalt roof you need to make sure that you have all the tools you need. Most of the tools can be picked up when you pick up more shingles if you should need them. You will need to get roofing cement, some putty knives to put the cement on with and roofing nails. If you do not have a hammer, a flat shovel, or a pry bar you will need to get them also. The reason that you may need a flat shovel and pry bar is that they are very useful in removing any damaged asphalt shingles. In order to save your hands from being cut, getting dirty, or having abrasions, you should make sure that you are wearing gloves. You should also check to make sure that your ladders are in good shape.
It will not be necessary to replace any asphalt shingles that have the edge curled up if that is all that is wrong with it. Just take the roofing cement and glue it back down. To make sure that it is secure and will not curl back up you can hammer it in place with a roofing nail. This makes that roofing repair simple to do. When you hammer the roofing nails in place make sure that you give it a watertight seal by covering the nail head with the roofing cement. To ensure that there are no leaks after doing the repairs either cover the old nail holes with the roofing cement or drive the nails through the hole.
Many times the roofing repairs do not involve replacing any asphalt shingles but if it does you can do it yourself or call a roofing service to complete this repair. If you do it yourself all you have to do is remove the line of asphalt shingles right about the one that you need to replace. Doing it this way will not only give you the right access to the damaged asphalt shingle but will also add more security to your roof with the extra added row of asphalt shingles.
Rule of thumb is that if you have to repair approximately half the roof it may be better to replace the entire roof but you can talk to a roofing service expert to make sure what you should do.