Working on a roof

To answer your question, yes. You should be concerned if it looks like a part of your roof is damaged. The roof is one of the most important protective elements and arguably the most important in keeping moisture out. When something may be wrong with your roof, you need to have the situation corrected immediately including missing shingles.

Shingles may be torn off a roof from wind, ice dams, hail, or general wear-and-tear. When your roof has lost a shingle it has lost the first line of defense in protecting your home and must be replaced, so can you do it?

Let’s review situations in which you should or shouldn’t attempt to replace missing roof shingles.

So, Can You Replace Missing Roof Shingles?

Roofers on a roof

When You Should Replace Missing Shingles

  • When you have basic roofing contracting or roofing knowledge.
  • When you have the tools to get the job right. This includes a matching shingle, matching accessories, the right sized nail, the right type of underlayment, a proper ladder, and proper safety gear.
  • When the job is smaller.
  • Your roof is constructed of asphalt shingles.
  • Your roof is “walkable” or not steep.
  • The roof is dry.
  • You have confidence you can walk on your roof safely.

When You Should Let a Professional Replace Missing Shingles

  • Your home is under warranty from your roofing contractor.
  • Your missing roof shingles are part of an insurance claim.
  • You can’t find matching shingles or roofing materials.
  • When the job is big enough to warrant pulling a building permit.
  • Your roof is steep or constructed from wood shakes, tiles, or slate.
  • You don’t have the proper safety equipment.
  • You aren’t 100 percent sure that you can pull the job off safely and effectively.

There are several situations where a homeowner with the proper know-how and the proper safety equipment can effectively replace their shingles. If your situation falls under the “leave to the professional” section, don’t risk the integrity of your roof or your safety by attempting to replace a missing shingle. Make the call to a local and reputable roofing company to get your situation resolved without you ever having to step foot on a ladder.