How Even the Smallest Flaws can Lead to Major Problems
Wind, rain, and wear-and-tear are all common occurrences, and they can all cause individual shingles to dislodge from your roof. You may not see this as an issue, and you may not even notice they’re gone, but your roof is only as strong as it’s weakest point, and missing shingles can allow all sorts of damages to take hold.
Even One Missing Shingle Can Compromise Your Roof
When a single shingle dislodges from your roof, chances are it’s an essential one. Because of the way typical roofs are structured, the shingles that fall off are often directly above seams, meaning that it is more likely for the surrounding shingles to also become dislodged. Additionally, a missing shingle can lead to problems in the sheeting below, which is especially vulnerable to environmental damage and relies on shingles to provide essential protection.
Missing Shingles Lead to All Sorts of Problems
Shingles form your roof’s exterior shield, and are intended to protect it from water, heat, and other threats. When that shield is damaged, it allows all sorts of threats to bypass your roof and enter your home, including:
- Dry rot
- Structural damage
Additionally, missing shingles can cause heated or cooled air to escape your home and create gaps in your insulation, and you’ll see a spike in your energy bills as your heater and air conditioner try to compensate for that loss.
How to Spot Missing Shingles
Your roof isn’t exactly something you see up close on a daily basis, so it can be hard to see when changes like missing shingles have occurred. Every so often, take a good look at your roof and see if you can spot any of the following signs:
- Dark or discolored patches
- Places where your roof isn’t as flat as it should be
- Visible gaps
Alternatively, you can contact our team to perform a comprehensive roofing inspection. We can identify any missing shingles or other vulnerabilities and give you immediate solutions to keep your home secure.
Don’t Rely on DIY Fixes
All roofing repairs can be dangerous to attempt without the proper equipment and training, and replacing missing shingles is no exception. Our licensed roofers can make sure your shingles are replaced safely and effectively, restoring your roof’s structural integrity without posing a risk to you or your loved ones.