If you are a homeowner who is finding asphalt shingles in your yard after storms, then you need to know that your home has a serious roofing problem in need of immediate attention. Without having your roof properly fixed or replaced, water from rain will penetrate your roof and damage the wooden structures below. This can lead to mold growth and problems with the structural integrity of your roof.

Here is some information on why your roof is shedding shingles and what can be done about it:

Asphalt Shingle Basics

Asphalt shingles come in strips that are installed in an overlapping pattern on your home's roof. When they are installed, the top of the shingle strips are nailed to your roof and the bottom of the shingles simply lay on the top of the strip below.

Under each of the individual shingles on each strip, is an area of tar glue. This tar glue melts in the sun and helps to adhere the shingles to the strip below. This adhesion is part of what helps to keep your roof intact and waterproof. When the shingles do not properly adhere, then the shingles will come loose in the wind.

Asphalt Shingle Loss

Shingles break off and fall to the ground below because the tar glue on them has either:

  • not adhered properly
  • worn away over time

If the roof was installed during a cold weather month, then the tar glue may not have cured correctly to attach to the lower shingle strip. When this happens dirt often gets under the glue and then the tar glue never seals correctly. You may not notice this situation until your home's roof ages. Aged shingles become brittle and if they are blow up to a vertical position during a storm, then they will often break off and land in your yard.

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifetime, then the shingle's tar glue will start to fail from years of exposure to the elements.

Asphalt Shingle Loss Solutions

If your roof is too old, then there is no solution to the shingle loss other than a complete replacement of the roof. However, if your roof is not too old, then a professional roofing contractor can apply a roofing sealant to adhere the shingles to the strip below them. The sealant will keep the shingles watertight and from flying up in wind storms.


Now that you have a better understanding of the severity of your home's roofing problem and how it can be fixed, you should contact a licensed roofing contractor in your local area. The roofing contractor will come out to your house and climb up on your roof and inspect it. After the inspection, they will be able to let you know your options for repair or replacement of the roof.

For more help, try contacting roof contractors that can help you figure out more and answer your questions.