What Curling and Buckling Shingles Mean for Your Roof

Have you noticed any damages to your Florida residential or commercial property roof? Damaged roof shingles may curl, buckle, and/or fall off. There are numerous reasons that your roofing shingles may become damaged, including weather, age, and human errors. 

Curling or buckling shingles indicate that major issues may exist. It is imperative that you replace damaged shingles immediately to protect your property’s structural integrity. As roofing shingles deteriorate, the roof underlay becomes exposed and will continue to incur significant damages until they are replaced.

Damaged roof shingles can lead to extensive damages that require excessive repairs Damaged roofing shingles may need to be replaced, or you may need an entirely new roof if the damages are extensive. 

Contact The Roof Guys as soon as possible if you notice any curling or buckling of your shingles for any necessary roofing repairs. The Roof Guys offers an extensive list of premier roofing services, including inspections, repairs, and total roof replacement. 

Reach out to a team of experienced roofing professionals to assess the current condition of your roofing and provide a free estimate. 

The Importance of Your Roofing Shingles 

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Roofing is an essential part of ensuring the utmost level of protection for your home or business property. Roofing shingles keep out the elements, including cold weather, humidity, and destructive moisture.

Damaged roofing shingles may allow water to seep into the home through the attic or basement, and/or cause extensive damage to the structural integrity of your home. 

Damaged Roof Shingles May Cause:

  • Water Leaks
  • Mold
  • Structural Damage
  • Reduced Efficiency
  • Poor Curbside Appeal 
  • Decreased Property Value 

Common Causes of Buckling and Curling Shingles

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Roof shingles may curl or buckle as a result of several environmental, circumstantial, and manmade causes. 

Florida Storm Systems

Florida’s heat, humidity, and frequent weather systems, including hurricanes and thunderstorms, are highly destructive to roofing shingles. Check the condition of your roof after every Florida storm system.  Damaged shingles generally indicate the underlay is at risk of suffering serious damages unless the shingles are immediately replaced.

Avoid serious and costly issues in the future by contacting the Roof Guys today. Our team will complete any needed repairs and ensure your home is properly protected from Florida’s weather. 

Human Errors During Roofing Installation 

Poor installation is the most common cause of lost, broken, or otherwise damaged roofing shingles. Improper roofing shingle installation can significantly increase the likelihood of damage from wind, water, and other causes. 

Shingles may buckle and curl if the roofing contractor who installed the roof fails to use an adequate number of nails or places the nails in incorrect locations on the shingles. This increases the risk that the shingles may loosen, curl, or buckle. 

Roof shingles may also buckle or curl if the tar lines (adhesive strips on the individual shingles) are not properly aligned. The shingles are unable to adhere correctly when this occurs and may even begin to fall off.

Poor Roof Installation Methods

Some homeowners may opt to install a new, second roof, atop the current, older roof. While not typically recommended by professional roofers, it is a cost-saving measure for homeowners in which the new roof is placed directly over the old roof rather than removing the old roof and installing all new materials. As a result, the second layer of shingles is less secure, and curling and buckling may occur. This second layer is more susceptible to damage by storms and strong winds.  

Proper roof installation is critical for protecting your home or business property. Choose a reputable roofing contractor for your roofing shingle installation to save time, stress, and future expenses.

Cheap/Defective Roofing Materials

Many people make the mistake of hiring cheap roofing contractors in an attempt to cut costs. This is a terrible mistake that may result in premature damages due to the use of defective materials. 

Choose a reputable roofing professional who you can trust to use only the best asphalt shingles and other high-quality roofing materials.


Moisture is the most common cause of buckling and curling. It can be the result of moisture absorbed in the roof decking during the roof replacement process prior to the installation of your new roof. Unwanted moisture can cause the decking to shift and the shingles to buckle. Buckling may also be the result of the absorption of moisture by the felt underlayment which, in turn, causes it to wrinkle, pushing the shingles up. 

Poor Ventilation 

What causes the moisture in the first place? Many times, the moisture is caused by poor attic ventilation. Florida’s heat and humidity are the culprits. Without proper attic ventilation, that hot, moist air is trapped in the attic causing condensation which can make your shingle buckle or curl. 

This lack of airflow and subsequent backup of moisture can allow mold to thrive in your attic and rot your roof deck. Plus, in the hottest months of the year, your poorly ventilated attic makes your air conditioner work even harder, causing excess wear and tear on your unit while your utility bill increases exponentially. And if that isn’t enough, the buckling and curling caused by inadequate attic ventilation will make your roof wear out more quickly than it should.

Age of Roof

The age of the roof is one of the most common factors involved in roofing shingle damage. Roof shingles have a limited lifespan. The older the shingles become, the more damages that are incurred, and the more likely that the roof is to be damaged during inclement weather. 

Schedule a roof inspection if you are unsure of the age and/or the condition of your current roof. Determining the age and condition of your current roof will help you decide if it is worth repairing or if a total replacement would be more appropriate.

Click here to read more information about how long you can expect for your roof and other major appliances to last.

Roof Damage Prevention 

There are several things that Florida home and business owners can do to ensure that their roofing lasts for many years. Heed the following preventative tips to expand the lifespan of your roof significantly. 

Clear Debris After a Storm

Check the condition of your roof and clear all twigs, leaves, and broken shingles after any major storm. Contact a professional roofing contractor to perform these services.

Seek Regular Roofing Inspections

Protect your roof with regular roof inspections. Roofing inspections certify the condition of a roof before you buy or sell your home. These inspections are also an essential part of maintaining a valid homeowners insurance policy. 

Invest in Certified Roofing Repairs

Never attempt to cut costs by hiring the services of an amateur roofing contractor. Protect your property by contacting a professional roofing contractor anytime that damages occur. 

Replace your Roof When Necessary

Roofing shingles do have a limited lifespan. Regular asphalt shingles are only expected to last for 15 to 20 years. High-end metal shingles, such as copper, offer the longest lifespan by providing property protection for over a century. 

Contact The Roof Guys Today

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Contact the Roof Guys today if you have noticed any curling or buckling of your home or business shingles. Our team of experienced roofing professional contractors will be happy to assess the current condition of your roof. 

If the damage to your roof is extensive, the trustworthy professionals at The Roof Guys can guide you in the best course of action to take for the long term. At The Roof Guys, you can expect the highest quality materials and service to ensure your roof provides the best protection for your home and family.

Contact The Roof Guys today for more information about roof inspections, reliable repairs, and full-service roofing replacement services. Our team of certified roofing contractors will be happy to assess the current condition of your home or business and offer the best course of action. You can reach The Roof Guys by calling 1-866-259-2364 or visiting us online for more information


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