Your Roof Is Missing Shingles? Here’s Why and What You Can Do About It

A person pointing at a damaged shingle on a roof with missing shingles.

Have you come across a random shingle or two around your property recently? Maybe you’ve noticed some darker patches across your roof or areas where it seems “naked”?  

Missing shingles are not that uncommon, and they can go missing for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it might not be a very complex or hard-to-fix issue, but other times, it may point to some more serious underlying damages.

Read on to find out what might have caused your shingles to go missing and what you can do to mitigate the situation or prevent it in the future. 

Roof Damaged by Storms 

Severe storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes are among the first and most common causes of blown-off and missing shingles. Extreme weather events such as these can lead to shingle damages even on the most durable roofs, causing them to malfunction. 

And while asphalt shingles are designed to successfully stand up to severe weather and provide reliable protection, tornadoes and hurricanes can prove to be too much to handle, so shingles can get blown off.

What’s the Solution?

If you’re only faced with a few blown-off shingles after a storm, then this is a relatively simple problem to solve, as you will only need to replace the shingles that are missing. If apart from this, your roof is left in generally good condition and isn’t too old, there will be no need to replace it completely.

However, seeing as these storms can be extreme and lead to structural damages, leaks, and similar issues, it is always best to have a detailed inspection done by a reliable roofer. They will be able to tell you the exact state of your roof and recommend the ideal course of action.

When it comes to preventing future storm damage, the best thing you can do is schedule yearly inspections to ensure that your roof is in good shape and to resolve any minor concerns before they become more significant.

Old and Dated Roof

Do you know how old your shingle roof is or how many years of functional life it has left? This is a crucial piece of information for every homeowner to remember since the older your roof gets, the more problems it can create.

Shingle deterioration and missing shingles are two of the most common problems with older roofs. In addition to that, your missing shingles may also be accompanied by the loss of surface granules, which you’ll often find in your gutters, as well as increased curling and cracking of the shingles.

What’s the Solution?

In these situations, a complete roof replacement is the best and most cost-effective option. Of course, you can choose to have your roof repaired, but these repairs will simply pile up and wind up costing you a lot more money in the long run.

In this situation, the shingles have reached the end of their useful life, and as a result, many of them will begin to come off, most probably resulting in roof leaks. Therefore, replacing the entire roof will be the smartest decision for you and your home. 

Poorly Installed Roof

What are some of the telltale signs that your roof was installed incorrectly or poorly? Often, when you start noticing frequent issues with your roof, such as missing shingles, and your roof is neither old nor damaged by a storm, bad installation will be the next best guess. 

The previous roofer might have done a sub-par installation, used low-quality materials, or didn’t inspect the underlying structures, such as the decking, before installing the shingles. And all of this leads to premature damages and shingles falling off. 

What’s the Solution?

Contacting the roofer who installed your roof is the first step to take. Quality and competent roofers are known to stand behind their work and provide both workmanship and manufacturer’s guarantees, so you should be covered if there are any installation concerns.

However, if that roofer is difficult to reach, you could contact another roofer for a second opinion and to get your roof inspected by a neutral third party.

Chappelle Roofing is always available for a thorough roof inspection, and we can guarantee you the highest quality roofing services, including installations. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a problem with a previous installation and need a new roof.

Chappelle Roofing Is Here to Help

New roofs are both crucial and big investments that you want and expect to last for a long time to come. And with your best roofer St. Petersburg FL, you will get nothing short of the best. We make sure your roof is always in top-notch shape and when it comes to roof replacement, that it is done at the highest standards of quality.