When we get calls for roof damage and roofing repair there are a few likely culprits that caused the problem. Most storm-related issues are usually covered by insurance. You should always check with your insurance agent to see what your policy covers for storm damage and roofing repair. Some roofing repair issues may be minimal enough for a homeowner to keep up with simple maintenance.
Natural disasters and roofing repair
Your roof takes the brunt of every storm. From hail, wind, snow, freezing and torrential rains, as well as hours under a hot sun, your roof sees it all.
Probably one of the number one reasons for roof damage and roofing repair in Denver and surrounding areas, outside of water and fire damage, is wind and hail. Strong winds and hail damage can occur in any severe thunderstorm. When storms hit they can shred roof coverings, remove siding panels that eventually cause water damage.
ICE DAMS can be the cause of water damage on the interior of your home. A bright sunny day after a snowstorm can cause the snow to melt from the top of the roof line, but overnight freezing temps can cause the melted snow to refreeze along the lower roof edge, and not allow the snow to properly melt the next day into your gutters. If your attic is not properly ventilated, and/or insulated the water will back up and seep under the shingles.
Without a waterproof barrier under the shingles, like an ice and water shield membrane, water will find its way in and down your drywall creating wet walls that could lead to damage to your drywall and damage belongings that hang on these walls.
A water and ice shield should extend past your exterior wall by 2’ as a minimum. It is recommended to have the protective membrane extend 3-6’ from the lower edge your roof to prevent water damage from happening.
In Denver, homes that face north see less sun during the winter months, and in turn, more buildup of snow. The north side of your may be more prone to ice dams, but again it’s all about how easily the snow can melt off your roof, and away from the foundation.
Roofs can also be the cause of water damage if the flashing is improperly installed. During heavy rain, your home or office ceiling may see more leaks that may be most visible from water staining on ceilings or ceiling panels, and ultimately cause damage to the interior of your property.
Flat roofs may have issues with PONDING, which is a buildup of water that can break down the asphalt or adhesive holding the seams of the membrane sheets together. Some manufacturers may void their warranty if water is not able to drain properly off a flat roof in 48 hours.
Flat roofs can also have TENTING issues, when the membrane shrinks and pulls towards the center, pulling on the seams that protect the interior of your home or office.
The life expectancy of your roof depends on the material used.
If you think you might need roofing repair or just need a roof inspection and consultation, call to schedule an appointment with one of our representatives. We’re happy to assist you and make sure you’re protected from top to bottom.