Asphalt shingles are now the standard roofing material for residential properties due to their excellent weather resistance, relatively long life span and affordable pricing. They are widely considered an all-weather material and are the direct upgrade from wood.
While advances in roofing technology have made asphalt shingles more durable, shingle curling is still a common problem. Korrect General Contracting, LLC, your emergency roof leak repair and maintenance expert, discusses more.
What Causes Shingles to Curl?
As one of the more ubiquitous roofing problems, shingle curling doesn’t have one single cause. Rather, there are many reasons why your asphalt shingles can start curling and buckling.
The first is a more natural cause due to weathering. The shingles get worn down by weather and other environmental factors and eventually cause the shingles to buckle as they lose their weatherproofing and stability.
Curling is also a side effect of poor ventilation. When the roof is not properly ventilated, airflow is restricted and moisture can build up within the roof. This will eventually settle on the underlayment and foundation of the shingles, loosening them in place and causing them to curl. The same goes for trapped heat.
What Can You Do About It?
Once the shingles start curling, the only way you can address the problem is through replacement. Whether it’s due to old age or as a result of poor ventilation, shingles that buckle and curl have already lost most of their innate stability and you can’t repair them.
That said, there are ways you can prevent shingle curling from happening. The simplest way to do it is by ensuring your attic space has enough ventilation so that your roof can breathe.
It’s also important that you consider your residential roof replacement options carefully; 3-tab shingles may be more affordable but they don’t last as long as dimensional shingles. More often than not, the latter is a smarter choice since they are able to resist natural weathering longer.
Finally, it’s important that you work with an experienced roofer during your replacement or installation project. No matter how durable your choice of roofing material is, it will still buckle and curl prematurely if it’s not properly installed.
Korrect General Contracting, LLC offers complete roofing solutions. Call us today at (817) 888-8827 to learn more about our services. We offer emergency roof leak repair in Dallas, TX.