How To Repair A Hole In Your Roof

14 May 2018
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A hole in the roof can happen from a few different things. Things such as the weather - storms can damage your roof if a tree branch or other large object hits your roof. You could also end up with a hole in your roof from a leak that over time has caused the wood below your shingles to rot away. You could also have a hole in your roof after removing vent pipes or chimneys from your roof. In either of these cases, your roof will need to be repaired. If you are fairly handy and are comfortable getting up onto your roof, you can do this roof repair yourself. Read on for instructions.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Pry bar
  • Power drill
  • Plywood
  • New shingles
  • Roofing nails
  • Tar paper
  • Ladder
  • Tin snips


  1. To start, get up onto your roof to get a good look at the damage on your roof. Be careful getting up onto the roof so you don't fall through. Have a spotter there with you to keep an eye on you.
  2. Once you have figured out how much damage you have to your roof, you can get to work removing the shingles on and around the damaged area.
  3. You may need to remove a row of shingles above the damaged area, and a row below the damaged area. To do this, use a pry bar and find the nails holding the shingles in place. You can cut some shingle tabs in half using tin snips so you don't remove too many shingles.
  4. When you have the shingles removed, you can see the wood below. Cut out the bad portion using a reciprocating saw, but be careful not to cut any of the trusses below.
  5. Remove the bad wood and then measure and cut a new piece of plywood and install it in place.
  6. Cover the wood with tar paper and nail it in place.
  7. Then use new shingles to cover the wood.
  8. You can add some roofing tar around your nails or around any of the patched shingles to ensure they stay in place properly.

Roofing is not an easy job to do on your own. If you aren't handy, or don't think you can handle this job leave it to a professional roofing company instead to ensure the job is done properly and to prevent any further damage to your roof and to the interior portion of your home as well. Call for a quote today.