Broken or Missing Shingles

Broken or missing shingles are more serious than you may think — even one damaged shingle can compromise your entire roof system.

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Damaged shingles are not only aesthetically unappealing, if left unfixed they have the potential to cost you hundreds of dollars. Broken and missing shingles can actually accelerate the need for a whole new roof, so it is best to have the individual shingles repaired or replaced before they cause further damage to the entire roof.

What Broken and Missing Shingles Cause

Cracked, torn, and missing shingles are a leak waiting to happen. When roof components are exposed, moisture is able to get in and affect the materials. This may seem like a small issue, but it impacts the protection that your roof provides. A leaky roof can cause significant damage to the entire structure of your home.

Any amount of damaged shingles calls for immediate action in order to keep water from seeping under the shingles, rotting the wood sheathing beneath, creating mold, and damaging insulation, for instance.

When portions of a roof are not adequately protected from storms, wind and rain can get under the remaining roof components and accelerate the damage, leading to an entire roof area that is bare or barely covered.

Missing shingles that are not replaced quickly could cause your roof deck to rot or become weakened due to moisture exposure. If the roof deck is not in good condition then this could cause major structural damage.

If you notice any damaged shingles, you should have your roof inspected by a professional right away to identify issues and prevent further damage. The faster your roof is fixed, the less work and costs are involved.

How Shingles are Damaged

Shingles are nailed in place, so it requires a powerful force to remove them. When a shingle is missing, it will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Sometimes broken shingles can be repaired, but often need to be replaced. Our expert roofers will inspect your roof and determine the best course of action based on the extent of the damage.

There are various elements that cause damage to roof shingles, including:

  • Storms – Heavy rains and high winds will wear down shingles and other elements of a roof and can blow the shingles off completely.
  • Overgrown trees – If not maintained, tree branches will start to grow over the top of your roof and allow the limbs to brush against the shingles and even cause punctures.
  • Foot traffic – Scuffing makes asphalt shingles “bald” due to granule loss. Too much foot traffic on shingles can cause them to deteriorate, crack, or break.
  • Direct sunlight – The sun blasts your roof with excessive, damaging radiation and heats the asphalt coatings on shingles, causing them to warp, run, wear out, and break down more quickly.
  • Old age – Over time, shingles have a tendency to lose their strength, flexibility, and softness which reduces the overall efficacy. They will curl from a corner, crack, shrink, become brittle, and break.

A roof doesn’t always need to be fully replaced when there are damaged shingles. If you notice broken or missing shingles on your roof, have your repairs handled by a professional as soon as possible.

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