DIY: Replacing a Lost Roof Shingle

DIY Shingles

Your roof doesn’t fall apart without cause, and that includes lost roof shingles. This usually happens because your shingles are old, poorly installed, or damaged by weather. While missing roof shingles typically point to a larger issue, if you only have one or two shingles that have disappeared over time, then you may be able to DIY replace those shingles yourself without calling in a roofer.

How to Replace a Lost Roof Shingle

When you realize a shingle is missing from your roof, or even that a shingle is damaged, your first reaction might be to let it go. It’s only one shingle, after all. But that’s the last thing you should do. Your roof shingles aren’t just there for looks; they actually serve a couple purposes, like protecting your home from water damage and providing insulation that prevents your energy bills from skyrocketing. So if you notice a lost roof shingle, replace it as soon as you can.


  • Ladder
  • Replacement shingle(s)
  • Roofing nails
  • Hammer


Most shingles are nailed down with four nails, so you should start by properly positioning your shingle and then hammering in all four nails at the same angle as your roof. If you can, put the nails in the same place they were originally. 

As long as you have no trouble getting up on your roof safely and have all the right materials, this should be a quick and easy fix. 

When You Need More for Your Roof in St. Augustine 

Quick fixes don’t last forever, and even roof repair completed by a professional isn’t going to hold up in the long run. Eventually, you’re going to need a brand-new roof. This is especially true if you’ve been patching your roof up off and on for the last couple of years.

We know what it’s like to want to put off such an expensive home repair like a new roof, and we always strive to complete roof repair first so homeowners can prepare and save money. Sometimes, though, you just can’t wait, and you need to put a new roof on ASAP. 

It’s time to start shopping around for a new roof when you see:

  • Age
  • Sagging
  • Moisture
  • Pooled water
  • Curled, ripped, or missing shingles 

If you let any of these issues go for too long, you may find yourself paying for more than just a new roof. By choosing a new roof today, you’re saving yourself a ton of headaches and money later. 

Contact Our Roofing Company for a Free Inspection

At HW Roofing, we understand the importance of having a good roof over your head. As homeowners ourselves, we know that it’s a big expense, a big decision, and a big problem if you end up choosing the wrong roofing company. That’s why we’re committed to providing other local homeowners with high-quality roof work they can trust for years to come.

If you’re not sure where your roof stands, schedule a free inspection from our team. When we come out, we’ll give you an honest assessment and provide recommendations so you can decide on your next steps. Our roofing company serves homeowners in St. Augustine, Nocatee, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, and the surrounding communities in Northeast FL.