How to Spot Missing Roof Tiles


Missing Roof Tiles Roof tiles go missing for various reasons. Heavy wind or rain, worn nails, and even being poorly secured are all common reasons for broken roof tile repair. But what if you notice only one tile missing? Is a single missing roof tile really cause for alarm?  

Let’s discuss this.  

Will a Missing Roof Tile Cause a Leak? 

Even one missing roof tile can cause a leak. If there are any gaps between shingles, rainwater can seep through and cause leaks, which may lead to mold and further damage.  

Moreover, if one tile comes out of place, it’s likely that other roof tiles will also. By acting as soon as you spot the problem, you will save yourself both time and money on further damage.  

The good news is that you may not need to purchase a brand-new roof. Depending on the severity of the problem, your roofer may suggest only replacing the missing tiles. But what if you’re not sure your roof is missing a roof tile?  

How to Spot Missing Roof Tiles  

While you may think the best way to inspect your roof is by climbing on top of it, we recommend that you avoid doing so. Roof work is dangerous and it’s more efficient to allow professional roofers to inspect the roof and make any fixes.  

In most cases, it’s easy to spot missing roof tiles simply by looking at your roof from ground level. In addition, you may see evidence of missing roof tiles when they fall to the ground.  

Once you spot a missing roof tile, book a roof inspection as soon as possible. A professional roofer will let you know how extensive the damage is and inform you of the next steps. 

How to Replace Broken and Missing Roof Tiles  

To be on the safe side, it is always best to allow professional roofers to handle roof repair. If you try to inspect or replace the missing roof tiles yourself, you risk furthering the damage or, worse, harming yourself. However, if you feel you are up to the task, make sure to do the following: 

  • Source the correct tile for your roof. 

  • Make sure you have the right tools on hand. 

  • Use PPE (personal protective equipment).  

  • Position the tile correctly.  

  • Confirm the leak is coming from the area you suspect.  

  • Check the rest of your roof for other signs of damage. 

  • Replace the roof felt.  

Why Good Roof Management Is Necessary  

A sound roof is vital for the safety of your belongings and your household. By scheduling routine maintenance and inspections, you will prevent severe damage that will lead to further expenses.  

Besides the expense, roof leaks can lead to even more unpleasant situations, such as infestations of rats, birds or bats which will result in a need for extermination. Leaky roofs may also lead to fleas or harmful diseases carried by rodents. 

CertainTeed professionals are available to assist you with all of your roofing concerns. If you’re experiencing roof leaks or notice missing tiles, contact us today. We will fix your broken roof tile in no time. 

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