Water Damage, Roof Replacement, And You

Common Reasons For Missing Roofing Shingles

Shingle roofs are incredibly popular, and many homes have this type of roofing material. This type of roof is designed to be long-lasting and durable when it is properly installed, but it is still possible for shingles to go missing. If your home is missing one or more shingles, it is essential to have roofing repairs made as quickly as possible. When there are shingles missing, the under decking of your roof is at risk and there is a much higher chance of significant roof leaks. Some of the top reasons for missing roof shingles include:

High Winds

No matter how high quality your roofing shingles are or how well your roof is maintained, high winds that are common with many types of storms can put a lot of stress on your roof and your roof's shingles. Any time your area experiences a very severe storm with high winds, it is in your best interest to have your roof inspected after the storm passes. Scheduling a prompt inspection will allow a roofing contractor to assess your roof and inform you if any shingles are missing so you can make arrangements to have them replaced.


Severe storms bring more than just high winds. Hail is also one of the most common reasons for roof damage, including missing roof shingles. Excessively heavy rain can also soak the roofing shingles and increase the likelihood of shingles falling off, especially if the roof has not been properly maintained. The same can be said for large amounts of snow sitting on the roof, especially as it melts during the spring months. If your area experiences extreme weather during a specific season of the year, it is a good idea to have your roof checked out prior to the season to make sure that it is in the best condition possible.

Exposure to Dryness Over Time

Excessive moisture is not the only thing that can damage roofing shingles and cause them to fall off. If roofing shingles are exposed to extremely hot and dry weather, it is possible for the shingles to dry out too much, which can lead to them to peeling back from the roof and eventually falling off. When this happens, you will most likely find evidence, usually first some shingle granules and then actual shingles in the yard around your roof line. Any time you find a shingle in your yard, it is important to contact a roofing contractor for repairs.