Four Unexpected Problems That May Arise From Loose Or Missing Shingles

If you have some loose or missing shingles on your roof, you may be worried about leaks. However, there are a number of other issues that can arise if you leave those damaged or missing shingles unaddressed. Here's a look.

1. Termite Infestations

As water seeps in behind the shingles, the underlying roof structure may become moist and begin to rot. Termites love moist and rotten wood. While subterranean termites tend to come up from the ground and live in soil -- and are not typically a problem in attics -- a type of termite called the Formosan termite can nest in attics and within walls. Termites can chew through the already damaged roof underlayment and increase the risk of a roof cave-in. And once termites are inside your home, they may start feeding on other wooden items.

2. Bat Infestations

Bats can fit through tiny, tiny openings. A little gap between roof boards, revealed by missing shingles, can be the perfect entry point for bats. Once inside your attic, the bats will leave behind their guano, or feces. This guano can harbor infectious bacteria like E.coli and salmonella, leading to disease if you come into contact with them. Bats also tear apart insulation and other building materials as they nest in your attic.

3. Moss Growth

Moss can grow on shingles that are in good condition. However, it is more likely to grow if your shingles are chipped, damaged, or dislodged in a way that causes them to hold onto water. Moss loves moisture and deteriorating shingle material. Once it sets in, it can spread to the rest of your shingles, causing those shingles to deteriorate. If you get to moss early, you can scrape it away and kill it with herbicides, but once it is established, it tends to keep coming back.

4. Moldy Attics

Even a few drops of water coming in through the damaged area can make your attic moist. And a moist attic will soon be a moldy attic! Mold can cause respiratory symptoms like sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. It can also make your skin itchy. Once established in your attic, mold is tough to get rid of -- you'll probably need to replace the insulation, and perhaps some other roofing materials.

If a few of your shingles are loose or missing, contact a roofing contractor like Newman  Jerry Roofing &  Remodeling Inc. The sooner you fix this problem, the better protected you'll be from the issues above.