Shingles sometimes peel off of roofs. I wish it were different. I wish we lived in a world where everyone used their turn signals, brownies never had walnuts, and shingles never peeled off of roofs. But no such luck. Here is a little info on the hows and whys of shingle mishaps, and a few tips on how to prevent it. Shingles are attached to your roof through a variety of means, such as adhesive, staples, or nails. And different phases of roofing require the use of all three. Roofing staples are especially suited to hold down the deck protection material and some leak protection measures. The shingles themselves are often attached with a combination of nails (so… many… nails…) and an adhesive that also helps prevent leakage. Sounds like they should stay put, right? But alas, even the best shingles, if installed improperly, can succumb to either the elements, the ravages of time, or angry squirrels with power tools (that last one is admittedly rare). Angled nails, improper deck preparation, gaps in the valleys, a poorly installed starter strip… any one of these things can cause your shingles to start prematurely leaking, sliding, peeling away, or flying off into the clouds if a particularly nasty storm comes your way. Bear in mind, too, that your location is pretty important for your shingle shelf life. Coastal areas require special treatments to withstand the constant ocean air. Extreme hots and colds require different installation techniques. And the likelihood of severe weather must be taken into account. The best shingles in the world are no match for a tornado or a hurricane, no matter how successful their manufacturers are. Elk shingles (now owned by GAF Materials Corp.) and Owens Corning roofing shingles, arguably two of the best shingles available in the country, are still only rated for winds from 110 to 130 mph. The average tornado puts out winds around 110 mph, with extreme storms easily creeping into the 180 to 200 mph range. No shingle can withstand that, but if you find yourself in a storm of that magnitude, your shingles are really the least of your worries anyway. So what CAN you do? Well, for tornados the most you can do is yell at them, but that hardly ever works, so just get somewhere safe. For everything else, you need to hire roofers you trust, buy materials that will last (much of the Home Depot shingles selection is supplied by GAF, in fact), and regularly inspect your roof for potential problems. Look for buckles, tears, loose tabs, peeling corners… anything that seems like it could cause problems down the road. Just be sure to always stay… (here it comes)… on top of it.