Tips To Replace Damaged Shingles And Tar Paper On Your Home’s Roof

If several asphalt shingles on your home were damaged and water has been dripping into your home each time that it rains, remove the damaged roofing materials and tar paper that is torn by completing the steps below for a proper roof repair. Afterward, secure new pieces of tarp paper and shingles to the roof to provide your home with a leak-proof barrier. 


  • tarp
  • extensive ladder
  • safety harness
  • nail puller
  • flexible putty knife
  • commercial detergent
  • scouring pads
  • water hose
  • measuring tape
  • utility knife
  • tar paper
  • roofing cement
  • standard paintbrush
  • asphalt shingles
  • power nail gun
  • nails

Remove Damaged Shingles, Tar Paper, And Cement

Lay a tarp across the flooring in your home that is underneath the portion of the roof that leaks. Lean an extension ladder next to your home and adjust its height to the desired level. Put on a safety harness and secure the end of the harness to a sturdy object. While standing on the ladder, use a nail puller to remove nails from the corner of each damaged shingle. If tar paper is torn or coming loose from the rooftop, use a utility knife to remove it from the roof.

Use the tip of a putty knife to lift hardened cement from the roof. If dirty residue is stuck to portions of the roof, soften it with soapy water and move a scouring pad rapidly back and forth over substances to eliminate them. Rinse the roof off with water. 

Secure Replacement Paper And Shingles

Measure the length and width of each section that needs to be covered with tar paper. Use a utility knife to cut pieces of paper that are the same measurements. Brush an even amount of roofing cement across the backside of each piece of tar paper. Press the pieces of tar paper firmly against the roof. Wait a few hours for the cement to dry. 

Line up asphalt shingles over the new pieces of tar paper. Make sure that the edges of the shingles are overlapping adjacent ones, to provide the roof with a uniform appearance. While pressing one hand against one of the new shingles, use a power nail gun to drive roofing nails through the corners of the shingle. Avoid applying too much pressure to the shingle so that it does not shift while you are securing it. Drive nails through the corners of the other new shingles in the same manner.