A piece of roofing out of place/missing


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Old 01-16-19, 02:01 PM
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A piece of roofing out of place/missing

Hi, I am hoping someone could take a look at the picture and advise us on whether we need to hire a professional to put the piece (the center of the picture) back. Thanks!

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Old 01-16-19, 02:27 PM
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Depends... can YOU get up there to fix it? If not, then yes, you probably need to hire someone!
 
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Old 01-16-19, 02:30 PM
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I was wondering how serious a problem it is. Is it something that requires an immediate fix? Thanks again.
 
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Old 01-16-19, 02:52 PM
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My apologies. I hadn't noticed the shingle ajar and thought there was a missing shingle on the boot. I've corrected the enlarged picture.
 

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Boots are often left that way. The odds are the 'ridge' cap in the top pic won't cause an issue but it would be nice to get it repaired. Sometimes the wind can grab a hold of a loose shingle and pull more with it.
 
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Old 01-16-19, 04:25 PM
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Well you want it nailed back before that movie... "gone with the wind" comes along.

Lose the shingle and you will be buying an entire bundle of hip and ridge shingles that won't match exactly.
 
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It's more pleasing to the eye I suppose when the bottom edge of the boot falls closer to a course break, but I think it's fine, other than placing a dab of caulk or roof tar on the exposed heads when you or whoever is up there, but would take care of the hip shingle before a strong wind comes along.
 
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Old 01-16-19, 05:21 PM
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Yeah, there is no problem with the boot that I can see. The boot isn't the center of the picture. It's the most enormous boot I have ever seen, however. LOL
 
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Hi everyone, thanks for your replies. I am a complete newbie, so I don't understand all the jargon. Just to make sure I understand correctly, you are saying "this is not a big issue, but it is nice to get it repaired, especially if strong winds are expected", right?
 
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Old 01-16-19, 05:52 PM
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If one shingle is gone, it probably won't leak because those shingles normally have about 5" exposed and 7" covered... so if one shingle is gone you have 10" exposed and only about 2" covered.

but once one is gone, others are more likely to blow up in a wind. So because of that, and because you don't want to lose the loosely hanging shingle, I would say get it fixed ASAP before it gets worse and you have a real problem. Keep in mind that no one is going to come right out "when you need them to"... for example if it all blows off one night and it's raining, then it's too late to be calling someone.

If you plan on hiring it done, a home handyman repairman would be the best sort of guy for a repair like this, assuming he knows to bring a ladder with him that is long enough to reach it.
 
 

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