Even if you get your roof regularly inspected and make small repairs, every roof will eventually need to be replaced. Roughly every 20 to 25 years, shingles will deteriorate and need a total replacement, although some materials have longer lifespans than others. If you did not get detailed notes about your roof installation and maintenance through the years, then there’s a good chance you won’t know enough about the age, design, or installation type to make repairs yourself without getting an inspection done. Here are some tips on when to replace missing shingles!

Check Your Roof

While one missing shingle can be an easy fix, check for other signs of trouble:

  • Foreign objects – repair or replace shingles to keep out unwanted debris or critters from finding their way inside of your attic. 
  • Spongy or bouncy spots – your roof base should feel firm. If you check your roof and your steps are squishing or are bouncy, it means water has soaked under the shingles and the roof will need to be replaced.
  • Cracked or curling shingles – shingles that have cracks, breaks, or are showing signs of chipping and peeling should be replaced immediately. Broken shingles risk allowing water and leaks to develop inside your home.

Repair or Replace?

Cracked and missing shingles are easy to replace. If you see one missing, make the repair a priority – even a small leak can cause serious water damage and even compromise building integrity. However, if you find missing shingles around your roof, bald spots, or shingles with curled edges, there’s a good chance that the roof is old and in need of replacement altogether. 

If you’re looking for help to replace missing shingles, or are ready for a free roof inspection to gauge what condition your roof is in, contact Mikku & Sons today. Our team is looking forward to keeping a solid roof over your head!