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The Most Common Factors that Lead to Roof Repair in Denver


November 7, 2018

There are many elements that can impact your Denver roof, eventually leading to the need for professional roof repair or replacement. Whether it’s an intense hail storm, an ice dam built up over the course of the winter, or simply wear and tear, all roofs eventually require repair or replacement. While this is certainly not something a home or business owner will want to worry about, it’s worth being aware of the many various factors that can contribute to having to do work on your roof. With that in mind, here are the most common factors that can contribute to having to do a roof repair or total replacement.

Fallen Tree Limbs and Other Structures in the Nearby Environment


The closest tree to your house is often seen as one of your home’s biggest allies. It provides much needed shade in the summer time, helping to cool your home. It also supplies your property with increased curb appeal and green space. But your large, plant companion can also become a serious hazard to the health of your home’s roof, as a fallen tree can cause serious damage to your roof.

It’s important to regularly have your trees trimmed, as an intense thunderstorm can damage a tree and cause a large limb to fall on your roof. A tree that is weakened by disease can also become a serious liability to fall on your roof, as its limbs will have their strength reduced and could potentially fall on your roof. Whenever possible, staying proactive with your property’s trees is the right path to decreasing potential roof damage caused by fallen trees. In addition to trees, leaves and sticks can accumulate on your roof, eventually leading to a pile of mulch which can cause shingle deterioration and roof rot. 

Animals and other Pests


While furry companions may be nice to look at from afar, do not underestimate the potential damage these critters can do to your roof. Racoons are especially notorious for causing damage to roofs, as they are seeking ways to enter your home and can pry up the shingles and vents in the act of doing so. Birds, specifically woodpeckers, can also cause damage to your roof when they are seeking out bugs to eat, causing your shingles to be torn up in the process. 

And if you notice a flock of birds hanging out on the surface of your roof, it may be an indication that they have located a large food source, namely bugs such as termites. Termites can cause a significant amount of damage to the surface of your roof, as they can eat away at the shingles as well as become living bait for birds to peck at relentlessly, inevitably causing unfortunate damage to your roof in the process.

UV Damage from the Sun


One of, if not the biggest culprit for roofing damage, comes from the sun. Over time, the sun’s UV rays will lead to shingle damage, as they will cause your shingles to dry out and even fall off your roof. Your roof’s shingles are your first line of defense against unwanted elements reaching the interior of your house or office, and damage to shingles will likely lead to water damage and rotting issues. 

Of course, there is no way to shield your shingles from the sun’s rays, but you can prolong the life of your roof by purchasing the best quality shingles available from your preferred roofing contractor. It is recommended to consult with roofing professionals on the best kind of shingles for your roof, specifically in the battle against UV ray damage, as they will have a variety of options which can provide you with an extended roof lifespan.

Hail and Intense Weather


In Colorado, one of the biggest causes of roofing damage is through hail damage and other weather-related harm. As we’ve witnessed with recent intense hail storms, weather can wreak havoc upon the surface of your roof and can lead to the need for a total roof replacement in the matter of a few, intense moments of weather-related destruction. Simply put, hail is one of the biggest enemies of a structurally sound roof, as it can require you to invest in a new roof much sooner than you anticipated.

Even if your roof doesn’t have obvious hail damage, such as holes or missing shingles, a hail storm may still require you to have some level of roofing repair completed, as it will likely impact the surface of your shingles and wear away at the protective coating. Over time, this damage will be exacerbated by the rays of the sun, as well as moisture and other weather-related elements. 

Hail isn’t the only culprit of weather-induced roofing damage. Intense winds can also create significant damage to the surface of your roof, as it can lift up your shingles, sometimes causing them to blow off your roof altogether. However, if your shingles manage to stay attached, this doesn’t necessarily mean your roof is in the clear. Loose shingles can be a source of water leaks as they will allow moisture to seep in through open cracks. It is also the best course of action to have your roof professionally inspected soon after a storm rolls through, as you will want to have someone with experience inspect your roof for potential damage. 

If you are in need of roofing services for your home or office, avoid doing it yourself and hire professional and competent contractors to get the job done. In this area, The Roof Dr. has you covered. We offer both residential and commercial roofing options for whatever your situation may be. We are a Colorado owned and operated business, and have been building roofs in the Denver metro area since 1971. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals are there to ensure the job is done as efficiently and affordably as possible. If you are need of a roofing repair or replacement, or you simply have questions about our services, contact us today!