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Why Does My Roof Look Wavy?

Is your Columbus roof trying to do the wave and you’re not quite sure why? We understand that roof problems can be quite scary, but the first thing to do is always to learn the how and why of your issues. That’s why the roofing specialists at APCO are here today to discuss what might be going wrong, and what can be done about it!

For complete roofing services including new installation, replacement, and emergency roofing services you can trust the specialists at APCO to provide. Contact us online or get in touch over the phone (614-254-5489) today to find out your options!

What Makes a Roof Go All Wavy?

A wavy roof is rather alarming, and unfortunately there are actually quite a few potential causes. However that pronounced wave will nearly always signify one big thing: your roof is buckling or bulging somewhere, or the materials simply aren’t lying flat. Let’s go into some more detail to give you a better idea.

Is Your Roof New?

This is an important question to ask in this situation because the most common causes tend to come about at this time. Thankfully this is also the easiest set of issues to remedy. If you’ve recently gotten a new roof and it got all wavy on you then here are the possibilities:

  • The shingles were laid over an old layer of roofing. This is a very unfortunate issue for everyone involved. What happens here is that a contractor laid out your new shingles directly on top of your old ones, creating an unnatural waviness that just isn’t going to go away. The roof will need to be stripped and reinstalled, and you should absolutely be grumpy about the whole thing.
  • The felt paper was a mess. A layer of felt paper goes down before the shingle does for every installation, which essentially acts as a base. If the material was damp, if the day was humid, or if the paper bubbled up a bit then it can produce a wavy appearance on your new roof. This is your number one best case scenario (and also the most common) because the paper should flatten out completely within a few weeks. It’s unfortunate for now, but it’s not permanent and it doesn’t need any additional attention.
  • New shingles are not aligned accurately. Sometimes you just get a bad apple. Roofing isn’t complex, really, but it is exceptionally precise. A bad measurement, improperly sized shingle, or low quality roof can simply result in an uneven and wavy appearance, which essentially means you got a raw deal. This is why working with trusted professionals is so important, and why the lowest quote doesn’t always mean the best!

Damage That Leads to Wavy Roofing

Had your roof for a while? In this case the waviness can only really be caused by a couple of things, most of which are unfortunate news, sadly. The most likely culprit is that your roof decking has been damaged. As to the extent of it, you’ll need a professional to come take a look, but don’t get your hopes up! Any amount of decking damage can result in a pronounced wave, so the problem could be tiny, but in most cases bad or rotted decking is going to mean extensive roof service and potentially roof replacement.

Choose to Work with the Best Columbus Roofing Company

APCO was founded over 50 years ago and has been a leading roofing contractor in the Columbus area ever since. We offer premier installation and repair services for all types of roofs, including shingle, slate, and cedar.

APCO offers high quality roof repair, restoration, and replacement throughout the following cities and their surrounding areas: Bexley, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Lewis Center, Pickerington, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, and Westerville.

To learn more about APCO’s roof installation and services for homeowners throughout the Columbus, Ohio area, contact our roofing contractors today.

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