A simple inspection of your roof a few times a year can help you assess its condition and spot common problems before they degrade to a level where you might end up needing a roof replacement over a simple repair. If you can catch the damage and problems early you can save yourself the cost of a full roof replacement or even a very expensive repair.
Common problems are easy to identify when you know what your are looking for.
Inspections by a professional roofing company like 7 Summits Roofing company will increase your chance of finding roofing issues early. The overall life expectancy of your roof depends on knowing where and what to look for when it come to the condition of your roof.
If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while or ever, then it is time to call the professionals at 7 Summits Roofing Company in Colorado Springs. Our residential and commercial roofing experts can give you a professional assessment of your roof’s condition and provide a fair and reasonable estimate for the repairs or in worst case scenarios a full roof replacement.
Ten Top Roof Enemies
1. Lack of Roof Maintenance
Lack of roof maintenance is probably a roof’s worst enemy. Many problems start out as minor, such as the need to remove overhanging tree limbs or cleaning backed up gutters. But when not corrected these problems can create serious damage. Routine inspection and maintenance can extend the life of your roof and that can save you a lot of money.
2. Roof Leaks and Moisture
Your roof takes a toll from wind, rain, hail, snow, ice, and debris. All of these factors and more can lead to the deterioration of roofing materials over time. When moisture gets under the layers of the roof it can cause leaks, mold and rot. Melting snow and ice will make their way under shingles and flashing. Frozen water can then lift the shingles and flashing, making way for even more water to enter the subsurface of your roof. . Since Colorado Springs is an area that experiences freezing in the winter, it’s a good idea to check your roof every spring.
Colorado Springs does experience some high winds throughout the year. Wind can cause serious problems for your roof. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a storm since even strong gusts on a sunny day are capable of lifting shingles and even tearing them off. If you see pieces or even entire shingles lying on the ground then you should get a professional assessment. High winds can also push water underneath the roofing materials allowing water to travel underneath the shingles and into the membrane materials where it will eventually find a nail or joint to leak through.
4. Poor Quality Previous Roof Repairs
Temporary repairs can use roof mastic, roof cement, and tar. All of these roofing repair materials can crack within a year. Caulking that was used to seal roofing material over replacing the damaged roofing materials isn’t a permanent fix either. Sealants that have cracked or deteriorated can be breached by water and become susceptible to leaks.
If during a previous repair to your roof a contractor mismatched materials then the repair could break down more quickly than you expect. Seven Summits Roofing company uses materials and repair standards that meet the manufacturers specifications. You can have confidence that your roof is sound and its lifespan will be preserved when you choose to use experienced roofing contractors from 7 Summits Roofing.
5. Roof Flashing
When your roof is cut open to allow for skylight, vent pipes, chimneys and HVAC systems, then flashing is used to seal those areas. If the flashing is attached it should be securely mounted so that it has the same level of protection as an unpunctuated roofing surface. Open seams and laps put your roof at a higher risk for water damage . The sealant and flashing around penetrations should be checked on a regular basis. Flashing is designed to move water away from penetrations and valleys. Flashing that is damaged allows seams, nails and joints underneath the flashing to be exposed and at much higher risk for leaks.
Small animals, birds and insects can be enemies to your roof. If you have heard Woodpeckers knocking on your roof then be aware that they are capable of producing holes along the eaves in their efforts to find insects. If you don’t take action these holes can become large and leave wood exposed to rain, snow and ice. Rodents and large animals like raccoons have been known to tear up shingles and damage flashing when looking for a way into attics. If you have had creatures in the attack, you may have damaged flashing that needs to be inspected and repaired.
7. Pooling Water on your Roof
It is important to clear your gutters in the spring and again in the fall. The purpose of your gutter system is to move water off of the roof. If they are clogged with debris then water can back up on your roof line and enter into the subsurface where it can cause rot and over time severe structural damage. Debris buildup should be removed so that water doesn’t pool anywhere on your roof’s surface. Standing water can have disastrous results.
8. Roof Punctures and Penetrations
Your roof could have damage due to wind and hail. Damage from a hail stone can cause punctures and allow shingles and other types of roofing material to degrade and provide less protection for your roof. Ridge caps often take the full force of hail. While they are designed to keep water from getting underneath roofing material at the ridge, they can break down and be damaged after a battering. A cracked ridge cap can allow water to enter the sub layers of your roof. If you notice damage to your ridge cap it is imperative that you contact 7 Summits Roofing Company for an inspection and a repair estimate. Ridge cap breaks and cracks will allow moisture to travel down though all levels of your roof and a leak is almost sure to be the result.
9. Debris and Branches
Tree limbs are notorious for rubbing against the surface of roofs. This action will cause the surface of shingles to wear down over time and leave the surface membrane of your roof exposed. If debris collect on these exposed surface then water can pool and enter into the integral structural components where the damage can be significant. Trim back those tree limbs that overhang and brush your roof surface. You can save yourself a potentially expensive repair when you make sure your roof is free from debris and nearby limbs and branches.
10. Shrinkage and Blistering
Asphalt is the most common type of shingle roofing material used in the U.S These types of shingles will break down over time due to the sun’s powerful UV rays. If you notice that your shingles are dry, cracked and blistered to the extent that they are loosening from your roof surface then you have little protection left. Once the sub layers of your roof have been exposed and your roofing membrane has began to shrink you will have larger issues soon. When your roof has endured this level of damage it may be time for a full roof replacement.
7 Summits roofing company in Colorado Springs is happy to inspect your roof and provide an estimate. If you can catch the damage soon enough then you may be able to repair it over replacing it. A simple inspection of your own that addresses the above problem areas will improve the odds that your roof only needs a little love and care. Repairs can be performed quickly and they will overall help to extend your roof’s life span. Contact us today at 719-432-8619 for an estimate that can save your roof and save you money.