Help! I Have Cedar Roof Curling!

Cedar roof curling

What To Do About Cedar Roof Curling

Cedar Roof Curling: A cedar roof can give your home a warm, natural look that can be incredibly pleasing to the eye and increase your curb appeal. Typically, if you have a cedar roof, you want it to look great for as long as possible for this reason – also so you don’t need to replace it often.

If you have a wood-shake roof, you may have noticed that your cedar roof seems like it’s curling. A little cedar roof curling is normal, but here are some ideas on what to do about this problem and how to tell if it is too severe and you need a professional.

Cedar roof curling impacts most cedar roof owners and is part of a natural process
Cedar roof curling impacts most cedar roof owners and is part of a natural process

What Is Curling or Cupping?

Curling, also called cupping, is the effect of a shingle or shake curling, warping or otherwise looking distorted instead of the even, flat look your shingles or shake should normally have. Although it makes sense to want your cedar roof to look new and healthy, a little curling is a natural outcome of having a cedar roof for an extended period of time and can even give your home some character. If your shingles are curling excessively or a significant number of shingles are starting to curl, then it’s important to take action. Too much cedar roof curling can indicate a big problem with your roof, or that it is aging and needs cedar roofing repair or even replacement. When in doubt call a trusted contractor.

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Why Does My Cedar Roof Curl?

Curling is a natural process that demonstrates the continual barrage of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and weather effects like rain on wood. It is completely natural and just a few curled shingles poses no threat to your roof. The consequences of aging are a basic outcome of having natural material as the roof of your home. The more elements your cedar roof must protect you from, the faster it is likely to age and show curling on your shingles. The science behind curling is based in the expansion and contraction of wood over time and as the wood ages it does not always shrink back to its original size in a uniform fashion.

Cedar roof maintenance is crucial when curling is present
Cedar roof maintenance is crucial when curling is present

What Should You Do If You Notice Cedar Roof Curling?

If it’s just a few shingles and the curling is minor, there’s no need to act. Cedar roof curling is a good barometer of when your cedar roof needs maintenance though so if you notice any you may want to contact a contractor to perform an inspection. Curling, other signs of shingle damage– like cracks, splitting and fraying– may be an indication it’s time to replace some of your shingles. Cracking is more serious than curling, and we strongly recommend contacting a professional if you notice cracking as too much can mean you will need a cedar roofing installation.

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A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc.

A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc.  has experts who can replace your shake and shingles if they have experienced curling. We also offer a lot more, like pressure-wash treatments that make your cedar roof look clean and new without damaging the shingles, and a complete roof inspection to locate any issues that could shorten the life of your cedar roof. We have been proudly serving the Chicagoland area since 2003 and have helped over 5500+ happy customers with our home exterior solutions.

If you are considering a cedar roof installation, think you need cedar roof repair, or would like to schedule cedar roof maintenance contact us today for a consultation! Cedar roofs aren’t the only ones that need maintenance and repair! No mater what you have for a roof we’re here to help you keep it in top shape! See our website for a full listing of all of our roofing services!

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