Installing a new roof is no easy task, and not everyone is up for the challenge. Often, roof shingles can pose problems of their own which makes the process even more difficult. For example, shingles that appear bumpy or seem indented may be faulty or they may just need time and warmth to settle. Regardless of this, hiring a credible, qualified professional roofing contractor can alleviate these concerns and hopefully prevent them from happening altogether. If you’re in need of a roof replacement, contact the expert roofers at East Fork Roofing. And if you’re unsure about the condition of your roof, or need help identifying your issue, keep reading to see why your roof shingles aren’t flattening.
Shingle bundle distortion is a fairly common occurrence that can cause shingles to not lay flat after installation. But, what causes shingle bundle distortion? Well, shingles are made of asphalt, which is a naturally malleable substance. As such, they commonly become distorted due to the way they sit while being stored and transferred. Sometimes the wood pallet that the shingle bundles sit on will affect the form and shape of the shingles themselves. Often, shingles will conform to the shape of whatever is underneath them, and if the surface isn’t completely flat, this could lead to bumps and dips in the shingles. Fortunately, most shingles will correct themselves with warmth and time.
If you’re finding an issue with your shingles and have recently had a complete roof replacement, then the issue may just be that your shingles are misshapen due to the way they were stored prior to installation. Usually, when this happens the shingles will become flexible once they get hot enough which will also allow the adhesive to bond the shingles in place. The heat from the sun will help soften and flatten the roof shingles, allowing them to form a permanent seal to the roofing materials underneath.
Some shingle distortions, however, are caused by faulty installation. If you happen to notice voids or gaps underneath the shingles after you’ve given them the chance to seal to the roof, then the problem may be related to faulty installation. For instance, if the shingles are incorrectly nailed to the roof, it can permit the beneath layer to slip. This often results in uneven shingle layering and ultimately, an uneven roof.
While it isn’t recommended to install new shingles over old ones (you should always have the layers removed before installing new shingles on top), it’s still common for people to have this done due to costs and other resources. By doing this though, you run the risk of creating more problems for your roof and the new layer of shingles you plan to add to it. If the existing shingles do not lay flat, then your new layer won’t lay flat either. That’s because shingles are designed to conform to the surface beneath them. This can also prevent the new shingles from properly adhering to the existing roof layer, leaving bumps and bulges in your roof. To prevent this from happening, you should have all layers of the existing roof stripped so that the new layers can be properly installed.
Also, be sure to use quality roofing materials. Although the cost of some shingles may seem worth it, they can be much thinner and more susceptible to damage than higher quality materials. They may also lack a sufficient amount of adhesive which can prevent the shingles from sealing adequately.
Shingles not only give your home a finished, polished look, but they also serve as a protective seal that prevents moisture, dirt, and animals from penetrating your roof. Roof shingles are key to keeping your roof protected and your home safe from related damages. To ensure that your roof is properly taken care of, make sure you hire a licensed, experienced roofing contractor to perform your roof replacement.
At East Fork Roofing, our Reno roofing company's contractors and roof replacement specialists complete more than 150 roof replacements a year. Many roofing companies in Reno, NV lack the expertise and the skills to repair or replace your roof the right way, the first time! Our specialists are well-versed in all roofing situations and can handle any job that comes their way. Connect with us today for a free roof replacement quote!