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Since the average cost of a new roof in America is $8,000, it’s important to be able to stop leaks that cause a roof to become severely damaged. Teresa Garrett from the popular YouTube channel Your New House looks at how you can prevent leaky shingles.

You will need to walk about on your roof. If you are not used to doing this, or have mobility issues, then do not take the risk. Let a contractor perform these roofing services for you. It will save you money in the long run.


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Visually inspect your roof to see if any shingles are damaged. Use a large flat blade and a hammer to gently loosen shingles surrounding any damaged shingles that need replacing. Lift the loose shingles and unfasten them with a flat head screwdriver or pliers. Toss the old shingle sheet and slide in the new shingle sheet. Hammer into place with roofing nails. Place a line of roofing cement on the tar strip to make sure it will stay in place.

If the seal around the boot of a plumbing vent is cracked, remove the old seal with a retractable blade. Put the new boot on at an angle so it can be more easily tucked under the shingles. Use rubber cement to make a good seal between the boot and the shingles. Hammer the boot seal in place with roofer nails.

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