If you happen to be outside when the wind is blowing hard and you notice a roof shingle or two vibrating in the wind, be sure to call a roofer when the storm is over so they can secure the shingles to the deck. Loose shingles can get picked up by the wind and ripped off the roof. When a shingle is missing or loose, rain can get underneath the roofing, and that might cause a roof leak if the underlayment is worn down too. Here's how a roofer might deal with a loose shingle.

Check Your Roof To Find All Bad Shingles

You might only have a single loose shingle if the problem is caused by a raccoon trying to get the shingle off, but if loose shingles are caused by nails backing out or aged adhesive, your roofer might find multiple shingles that need to be fixed.

Decide Whether To Repair Or Replace The Shingle

If the nails are still tight, the roofer might just add more adhesive to the underside of the shingle so it stays flat. If the shingle looks like it's damaged or if it pulled loose from the nails, the roofer might replace it instead. Replacing the shingle might be best if the nails popped out and made blisters on the shingle too.

Check Underlayment

When the roofer pulls off the old shingle, they can see the underlayment. If it's shredded or torn, they may cut away the old underlayment and put in a new piece under the shingle. The underlayment is a waterproof barrier for the deck, so it's important that it's in good shape.

Put On New Shingle

Putting on a new shingle is an easy task for a roofer. They have to lift the shingle on top to expose the nails so the old shingle can be pulled out. Then a new shingle can be put in and nailed to the roof.

Shingles come with a strip of adhesive along the bottom that the roofer will press against the roof to help hold the new shingle flat. This same process is repeated for each loose shingle on your roof so your roof will be ready for the next storm.

Replacing a shingle is not too difficult, but you may need a roofer to do the work anyway so you don't void your warranty by making DIY repairs. While you may not want to make the repairs yourself, you can still keep a close eye on your roof so you can catch damage early. That goes a long way toward keeping your roof in good shape for a long life.

To get started, contact a roofing contractor in your area.