All Around Roofing: Trusted Roofing Denver
The roof is one of the most important parts of the home’s protective system. However, as most Denver roofing professionals realize, the majority of homeowners rarely give their roof a close look. It is not until they notice a leak inside their home that they are concerned about roofing maintenance. Homeowners should become familiar with conditions that could damage the roof and periodically inspect their roof to identify and correct minor roofing problems.
Tree limbs that hang over a roof may fall due to strong winds or snow and ice accumulation. These limbs can weigh hundreds of pounds. When they fall on a roof, they can knock off shingles, damage decking materials and cause the roof’s underlayment to rip. For this reason, it is a good idea for homeowners to periodically inspect the trees around their home and remove any that they deem problematic.
The same trees can lead to an accumulation of debris on the roof, especially in valleys. Leaves, pine needles and sticks that accumulate on the roof may create a pile of mulch that is constantly wet. This will eventually damage the shingles and cause the roofing structure to rot.
Animals and insects can cause a world of damage to a roof.
Woodpeckers may poke holes in wooden fascia boards while other birds make nests in the roof. Squirrels, mice and raccoons have been known to tear off roofing material while searching for a way to gain entrance into the home.
Gutters and downspouts work together to draw water away from the roof. If gutters are not maintained and kept clean, these can back up and eventually seep into the edges of the roof. This will lead to certain areas of the roof developing rot.
Powerful winds can lift shingles up from the roof decking. This can create a serious problem if water gets in underneath the roofing material and leaks into the home. It could damage the ceiling or the walls inside the home. A telltale sign that a roof has been affected by wind damage is finding pieces of shingles in the yard after a storm.
Hail damage will cause the protective coating on asphalt shingles to fall off, leaving parts of the asphalt mat bare. As a result, the shingles are exposed to moisture and UV rays. This will drastically shorten the lifespan of the roof.
In parts of the country that experience subzero temperatures, melting snow may create ice dams. As the melting snow freezes and thaws, it causes shingles to lift and rise, which will eventually allow water to leak into the home.