For all kinds of roofing systems, one of the most common roofing issues relates to damaged or dislodged shingles. It’s natural for some DIY home or business owners to want to get on a ladder and simply replace some shingles on their own if this happens, but at Knockout Roofing, we have to recommend against this.
This is not only due to safety concerns, though these are very real as well. No, it’s also because dislodged shingles could actually be a sign of several significant issues for the roof, and simply patching up the problem temporarily will just put a Band-Aid on what could become a very large gash, so to speak. This is why you should always call our pros for residential or commercial roofing repairs, even if it’s just a few dislodged shingles. Let’s look at the causes of these issues, plus what they might be trying to tell you about your roof.
Causes of Dislodged Shingles
There are two primary reasons why shingles may shed off from your roof:
- Age: Shingles are very durable materials, but even they can wear down over enough time. Over a period of years, their exposure to sun, rain, snow, wind and various other weather elements will slowly eat away at their function, drying them out and shrinking them ever so slightly. In some cases, edges will curl and lift due to warping, which makes it easier for a strong gust of wind to lift them off the roof entirely.
- Bad installation: In other cases, it will be the way shingles were installed that causes them to fall off prematurely. They may have nails in the wrong places or simply might not be laid completely flat, which leaves gaps for wind or water to get underneath and create leaks.
What They Might Reveal
Here are some of the signs that shedding shingles might be giving you about your roof as a whole:
- Shedding granules: For older roofs, the shedding may actually be in the form of granules, which protect the asphalt itself. This generally means you’re dealing with a wear issue and will have to replace your shingles in the near future.
- Hidden decay: In other situations, damaged or missing shingles will create issues you can’t even see. Partially broken-off shingles will allow water underneath them, for instance, which can slowly damage your roof decking and lead to rot and leaks.
- Buckling and lifting: You might only be able to physically see part of the issue – in many cases, the visible areas give way to several larger areas where shingles are buckling, curling or lifting.
- Flashing issues: If your roof is losing shingles because of age, underlying flashing that keeps things watertight could also be deteriorating. Our professionals know where to check to see if flashing has been affected as well.
For more on what missing shingles could be telling you about your roof, or to learn more about any of our roofing repair services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.