Understanding Shingle Lift Problems And Appropriate Fixes

If you decide to complete a DIY roofing job, then you should understand the risks to going it alone. While the job will be quite a bit cheaper, you may make some mistakes that can cause you some grief down the line. You may not always realize your mistake until you see some telltale damage down the road. The lifting of the shingles is one type of damage that you may see, Keep reading to learn why shingles may lift and also what you can do about the problem once it develops.

Why Do Shingles Lift?

Shingle lifting is a common issue that occurs when shingles physically raise off the roof deck. Basically, the tabs of the shingles lift up and bend. You may then see a small space underneath the shingles where they no longer sit flat against your roof. If you notice this issue, then the wind has likely blown underneath the roofing materials and has pushed them up. 

While high winds can cause shingle lifting, moderate to mild winds, like the ones that are present throughout the majority of the United States should not cause shingles to lift up. If high winds are not the problem, then debris may have worked its way underneath the shingles to lift them up. Also, wind may have forced debris under the shingles. Also, moderate winds may have lifted the shingles, and all of these things are caused by the poor adhesion of the shingles to the roof deck. Specifically, you may not have driven nails deep enough into the deck or you may not have used enough nails.

Can You Fix The Problem?

If you notice shingle lifting and address the problem as soon as possible, then there is a good chance the issue can be fixed and your roof will remain in good condition. Climb onto your roof and gently pull up the flaps on the lifted shingles. Investigate for dirt, debris, and moss. If you see these things, then clear them away. You also want to check the shingles for any cracked where the shingles have folded strongly. If you see the cracks, then you may want to speak with a roofer about a professional replacement of damaged shingles.

If shingles are in relatively good condition, then you want to lift up the tabs from the shingle above the lifted one. Use a hammer to drive the nails deep into the roof deck. Also, most shingle instructions will inform you to place four nails per shingle, so make sure you have the required amount. Add the necessary nails if the shingles are lacking in attachments. 

Contact a residential roofing contractor for more help.