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Missing Shingles: What Causes It and What Can You Do?

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At RoofPRO, we know the last thing you want to see on your home is a missing shingle. Missing shingles can mean costly and time-consuming repairs. Your home will eventually need roofing repairs or a complete replacement, so it’s best to have a plan in place and educate yourself on what missing shingles mean. The longer you wait to do needed repairs, the bigger roofing problems you will have. Let’s take a look at what causes missing shingles and what you can do if your home is missing some.


One common reason your home may be missing shingles is simply due to their age. Your roof takes quite a beating over its lifespan and the age of your shingles matters when it comes to the level of protection remaining before repair is necessary.

If your home is over 20 years old, missing shingles are an indication that it’s time to call a roofing professional. Replacement is the most thorough way of tackling an aging roof – and after 20 years, your shingles will need a replacement. We suggest replacement with a material solution that offers a warranty. Many brands like Owens Corning GAF are industry leaders in both warranty and quality. We recommend looking at these brands and others to get the most out of your roofing investment.


After a storm, you may have missing shingles and not know it. Also, if you have a roof under 20 years old and notice missing shingles, you may have sustained damage to your roof that wasn’t apparent at the time of the storm. Roofing damage after storms is common. High winds, hail, and storm debris are all factors that can contribute to missing shingles. If you’ve had leaks or notice missing shingles after a storm, call a roofing professional for an inspection. RoofPRO offers storm restoration and we’ll help you receive all the benefits you’re qualified for via insurance. Check out our storm restoration eBook for more information on what to expect during our restoration process.

Faulty Installation

If you’re missing shingles, it may be because your last roofer completed a faulty installation. Especially if you recently had a roofing replacement, you shouldn’t notice missing shingles without cause. Missing shingles do not happen without a reason. If your last roofing contractor mistreated your roofing materials, used staples, or any other measures to cut corners, you need to call a licensed roofer to inspect the job.


One way to prevent untimely missing shingles is to start with proper installation. You should trust your home’s roof to licensed and professional roofing contractors. Hire locally and find a contractor with a great reputation. Local-to-you contractors can provide a high level of service, fast response times, and knowledge that surpasses the big brands. A certified contractor can install your shingles with quality materials and set up a warranty.

At RoofPRO, we ensure proper installation and set up your warranty. We can’t promise that you won’t ever have a missing shingle, but with proper installation and materials you can help prevent possible damage to your home. If you are in the Howard County area, give us a call today for a free estimate. We are proud to serve the Baltimore and Washington Metro areas.

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