As one of the most affordable and reliable materials in roofing, asphalt shingles are more than capable of keeping your home safe and dry against the weather elements. But to ensure that they stay effective throughout their lifespan, they’ll need regular care and maintenance. Putting off needed maintenance and repairs can cause their performance to degrade greatly due to damage, such as shingle curling.
Shingle curling is a type of damage that can happen to asphalt shingle roofs due to several factors.
The Common Causes
Curled shingles will occur more often near or around the shingle tab edges. The damage can sometimes occur at the lower edge as well as on both sides of the shingle tab. Some of the most common causes behind curled shingles include:
- Roof Overlay
This type of roofing job doesn’t last as long as a roof that’s fully replaced and can affect its inner structure. It may be cheaper than a full replacement, but this also means you’re leaving your old roof intact. When this happens, the new layer of shingles won’t be installed securely, making them more susceptible to curling!
- Moisture Buildup
If there isn’t enough air circulating within your roof, the accumulated heat creates moisture buildup that can compromise your roof’s inner layers. This is caused mainly by inadequate roof ventilation as well as your roof decking absorbing excess moisture when it was being installed or replaced. Consult with a roofing contractor to determine if you have enough vents installed.
How to Address the Damage
When you have curled shingles on your roof, it’s not recommended to walk on the affected surface because they easily break off. While it’s possible to repair curled shingles depending on the cause and the amount of damage, this is only recommended as a temporary solution. This is because repairing curled shingles won’t fully restore your roofing system even if it’s done professionally. Simply put, a roof that has curled shingle damage won’t go back to its original state as the repairs won’t guarantee there won’t be any future leaks. It’s usually better and more cost-effective to invest in a new roofing system!
Whether it’s roof installation or an emergency storm damage restoration, our team at AQ Roofing LLC has got you covered! Call us today at (501) 951-1683, or fill out our convenient online contact form.