Missing Shingles: Have Them Replaced Right Away

Missing shingles are not just unsightly, but could be an indication of deeper problems that might be plaguing a structure.

For buildings over 20 years old, missing roof shingles are a sign that an inspection is in order. A typical asphalt roof has a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, and is more likely to be subject to replacement if it was installed over another layer.

After a particularly strong storm or hurricane, a property manager should also check the roof. If there are missing shingles, the building might be in danger of inundation the next time it rains. Waterlogging in the ceiling can result in wood rot, mold, and damaged drywall, all of which will cost more to repair than having individual shingles or the entire roof replaced.

What are some of the warning signs that missing roof shingles have to be replaced?

Curled or crumbling shingles are a good sign that the elements have taken their toll on the roof. This might also mean that they are past their service life and should be replaced by newer ones. To detect damaged shingles, take a look at the gutter. If there are asphalt particles trapped by the gutter guards, it is safe to assume that there are some chipped shingles that have to be replaced. Uneven color on parts of the roof might also mean that the asphalt has eroded.

Walk carefully along the roof. A strong roof board should feel sturdy and steady. A bouncing or sagging sensation might mean that moisture has seeped into the shingles, roof deck, or insulation. A quick look at the attic should also reveal any gaps through which daylight could pass or warped surfaces. Either way, shingle replacement is in order.

While you’re checking the attic, try looking for foreign objects between the roof and the ceiling. If there are any animals that are larger than any ventilation holes, chances are they had passed through an opening in the roof. If you are fortunate enough to find any unwelcome guests inside your ceiling, it is still a good time to seek a professional roof contractor to prevent wild animals from entering.

Whenever a business or residential building is in need of roofing, siding, or cladding repair, it is best to call a contractor that specializes in them. Advocate Roofing has served thousands of satisfied clients over the years. Contact us at 888-777-ROOF (7663) to get a detailed repair or installation estimate or to schedule a building inspection.