As roofing contractors, we’re not fans of flapping. It’s one of the quintessential red flags in our business. Winter winds can take a toll on shingles: when your shingles bend and flap, it leads to creases. Creased shingles give your roof a sloppy, unkempt look, but they’re not just an aesthetic problem. Those little lines and ridges can be a warning your roof is deteriorating. Don’t hesitate to take action: a roof inspection is your first step toward solving your problem and preventing more extensive damage.
What Causes Creasing or Ridges in Shingles?
Lines or ridges in your roof and shingles that look like they’re coming off are some of the most obvious signs of roof damage, easily visible from the street. Wind is usually the primary culprit, but other factors come into play.
- Creasing often happens when the wind pushes your shingles around. Strong winds and storms lift your shingles up and down, and the flapping causes unsightly ridges. One shingle might push up against the shingle directly above it, causing creases in the upper shingle.
- Creasing can result from shoddy installation. If your shingles weren’t nailed down properly, it makes it easier for the wind to lift and bend them.
- Rain, hail, tree limbs, or other objects hitting your roof can stress shingles and cause creasing.
- Sealing your roof with acrylic, polyurethane, or silicone can extend its lifespan and help protect your home from the elements. However, shingles may fold back and crease when your sealant wears off.
- Age and everyday wear and tear can make shingles more likely to lift, fold, and crease.
- Leaves or debris can get wedged between lifted shingles, making ridges worse.
What Do Creased Shingles Tell Me About My Roof?
Creased shingles take a significant toll on curb appeal. But more importantly, they’re a sign of more significant problems. If the wind can lift your shingles, your roof isn’t protecting your home from the elements the way it’s supposed to. Creasing causes your shingles to lose granules, making them more susceptible to sun damage. Creased or floppy, flapping shingles also open the door to water leaks, rot, and mold.
What Are Those Ugly Lines In My Flat Roof?
Roof membrane wrinkles are a problem for folks with flat or low-slope roofs. We often install a membrane to protect flat-roofed homes from water damage. These protective membranes, usually made of synthetic rubber or plastic, can wrinkle up if insulation problems cause temperature fluctuations in the attic.
What Should I Do If I Have Creased Shingles?
Bent or flapping shingles aren’t just an eyesore. They can let you know about potentially severe roof damage. But what should you do if you notice creases on your roof? The first step is calling a qualified roofing contractor for an inspection. They’ll let you know whether your situation requires a quick repair or a complete replacement. Your options can range from replacing a few wonky shingles to resealing your roof to a roof replacement, often covered by homeowners insurance. Regular roof inspections are one of the most responsible (and often money-saving) things you can do for your roof. Inspections are how savvy homeowners catch problems early to make wise choices instead of scrambling to complete emergency repairs or causing whopping long-term damage. The professionals at DryHome Roofing and Siding are known for thorough, high-quality inspections and honest, up-front inspections. If you notice creasing or ridges on your roof, give us a call. We’ll send our trusted team members to take a comprehensive look. We’ll let you know what’s really going on up there and help you work with your insurance company to cover replacement or repairs.