How to Replace or Repair a Damaged Shingle by

This video explains how to repair and replace both three tab shingles and architectural shingles. It goes into detail with specific instructions for removing the damaged shingle and installing a new one. Roof repair can be simple if you have the correct information and professional advice.

Go now to to get the entire multi-part video series with all the information you’ll need to install a shingle roof yourself. This video series is available to stream immediately online or to purchase as a DVD.

Chris Lutz is a professional roofer in Georgia and created to teach people how to install a new roof themselves or to improve as a professional installer.


  1. #1. I have one piece of a tab about 12” x 4” (width) that blew off during wind storm last week. I have about 6 spare shingles left (stored in attic)from the original roof. I saw a couple of other videos showing that you can just cut a section of shingle to repair, rather then use a whole shingle. Do you agree with using a partial shingle, as long as I use technique the way you did with the whole shingle?
    #2. While I was on the roof, I noticed around 4 separate shingles that had small cracks in a tab, running from side to side. I tried to softly lift bottom of tab, and each one easily raised up to the cracks, so the seal is definitely broken. I was hoping that I could apply Black Jack Roof Cement below the cracked part of the tab, and at the bottom, plus run a bead on top of the crack. Would that work? I’m worried the lifting the tab too high to apply the cement at the crack may break the tab. Would you suggest trying this to see if it works or just replace each tab?
    I was not planning to hammer any nails (since it would be exposed nails), unless it would help hold cracked shingle down. It is on the back of my home, so no one would see it. I’m guessing there is a reason that the nails are not exposed, besides cosmetic and nails eventually rusting?
    Also, since some of the shingles are getting the cracks, I expect more to happen. The roof/shingles are 16 years old, so I was hoping to get another 2 or 3 years before time for new roof. This roof also went through Hurricane Ivan and a couple of other less powerful hurricanes. Lost 3 shingles during Ivan, so I have been lucky so far.
    From reading my comments, you can probably tell that I have never done this before:)
    Thanks in advance!

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