What to Do About Shingles Lifting on Your New Roof

Shingles Lifting on New Roof (Blog Cover)

Did you know that about 75% of American homes have asphalt shingles installed on their roofs? It’s true, and it’s easy to see why this material is so popular. It is one of the most affordable roofing materials on the market, for starters. 

For another thing, it is also very durable. Installation costs are typically lower than other roofing materials because asphalt shingles are lightweight and easy to install. 

Yet with all these significant advantages, asphalt shingles still have weaknesses. Like any roofing material, asphalt shingles don’t last forever. In addition, they are particularly prone to something called lifting or curling. 

Curling and lifting are just what they sound like: a phenomenon where the edges of the asphalt shingle begin to curl upward or start to lift off of the roofing deck. 

Curling can cause leaks over time and cause significant roofing damage. While curling shingles may seem like a minor problem, it’s best to take care of them as soon as possible to avoid more severe damage. 

In the following post, Property Revolution LLC talks about what you need to do when you notice shingle lifting on a new roof. 

What to Do When you See Curled or Lifted Shingles

Replace

When you start to notice curled or lifted shingles on the roof, the best thing to do is to replace them. But, again, asphalt shingles are relatively easy to replace, so if you are only seeing a few of them showing curling or lifting, the best thing to do is replace them. 

It’s also vital that you take action quickly because while replacing a few curled asphalt shingles is relatively cheap, you may need to replace the entire roof if you wait too long. 

And we can’t emphasize this enough; if you don’t have any experience with replacing shingles, don’t have the proper tools, or don’t have the appropriate safety gear, leave the job to professionals. 

Seal

If you catch the damage early before it becomes extensive, you may also be able to seal the shingles. However, sealing is not always the best way because it’s a much less permanent solution than replacing the shingle. 

Prevent

So what do you do once you have sealed or replaced all of the compromised asphalt shingles? First, if you have corrected the issue of shingle lifting on a new roof, you have to take precautions against it happening again. 

One of the leading causes of shingles lifting or curling is over-exposure to moisture. Yes, your shingles can be exposed to moisture from the outside due to rain, snow, or precipitation. But, they can also be exposed from the inside due to poor attic ventilation. 

After you have replaced or repaired your curled shingles, it’s a good idea to check the ventilation in your attic and have it improved to prevent unnecessary moisture exposure. Again, you will want to work with a professional contractor to help improve the ventilation in your attic. 

How to Prevent Lifted Shingles

It’s important to note that every asphalt shingle has a lifespan. The general lifespan of asphalt shingles is between 15 and 30 years. The point is that they will not last forever, and they can begin to curl or lift at pretty much any time. 

So it’s essential to understand what causes curling and lifting and what you can do about it. Here are some tips:

Hire An Experienced Roofing Contractor

One of the most common causes of shingles lifting on a new roof is shoddy work. Improper installation means shingles have virtually no hope of lasting more than a couple of years without lifting and curling. 

To give your asphalt roof the best shot at a long life with minimal maintenance needs, hire a certified, licensed, and experienced roofing contractor for asphalt shingle installation/replacement

Extreme Temperatures

There’s not much you can do about mother nature. But you can help protect your roof from extreme temperatures by ensuring that the attic ventilation is adequate. 

When hot air is trapped in your attic, it can seriously harm the shingles and the entire roofing structure. 

Prevent Moss Growth

Moss growth can also cause asphalt shingles to lift from the underlayment. Arborists recommend keeping the trees near your property trimmed to prevent moss buildup. 

You should also clean your gutters regularly and keep the roofline clear of debris as much as possible. You can also apply an algaecide to the shingles to prevent moss growth.

Limit Foot Traffic

Most people don’t walk around on their roof, but sometimes you may need work done on your chimney, gutters, flashing, or fascia that will require someone to get up on your roof. 

As much as possible, try to prevent foot traffic on your roof as it can cause premature shingle damage. 

Know the Age of your Roof

Father Time is undefeated. Eventually, there will be no stopping your asphalt shingles from lifting and curling because they are too old. That’s why it’s essential to know and be mindful of the age of your roof so you can be aware of when you need to start thinking about replacement. 

In Conclusion

The best thing to do about shingles lifting on your new roof is to replace them. Alternatively, you can seal the shingles, but the impact may be minimal. Of course, if you hire a professional roofing contractor to install your shingles, you probably won’t have this problem in the first place.