How Many Missing Shingles Cause a Leaking Roof?
Roofs are designed to withstand some pretty intense force, from the elements of nature to wild animal intruders, and for the most part, a little bit of damage or old-age wear and tear isn’t likely to cause too much damage … providing that the problem isn’t left to escalate. One slightly damaged shingle might not let in rainwater, unless that particular shingle just so happens to be situated above a seam that is ripped or open. If that is the case, one broken shingle might not even need to be completely broken to let in rainwater and other things; it could take just a small crack or split in the material for damage to happen. Damage that will eventually get bigger and bigger, water turning to ice and splitting the shingles open further still.
Water is moveable, flexible, and finds its way into the little cracks and holes that appear over time on your roof. This means that one busted shingle could mean no problems whatsoever. Unfortunately, it also means that just one busted shingle could turn into a very bad leak. That’s more so the case when it is ignored, catches the attention of a wild critter, and they work their magic chewing and scratching until they get to where they want to be — inside your roof and attic. One tiny tear or split in your shingle could also mean that moss and algae has a chance to materialise there, as well as other biological organisms that cause devastation when not treated. Water could get inside. Leafs and garden debris could get inside. Anything could get inside.
And that’s the thing — you just don’t know.
In the same way that minor damage could cause no problems or leaks, it could also cause a massive amount of problems and leaks. Without taking a closer look, you simply won’t know. We always recommend that you give your roof a much-needed closer inspection if you see patches of damage, moss or algae growth, or broken split cracked shingles. One busted shingle might not cause you very many problems, but it will if left that way …
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