Denver Roofing Professionals Identify Top Roofing Dangers
May 5, 2016
There’s a reason that when people refer to having a home they use the phrase, “a roof over our heads.” A roof is arguably the most important part of the structure. A problem there can lead to a problem throughout the rest of the home. Things that are beyond anyone’s control, such as hail, destroys hundreds of roofs every year, but Denver roofing specialists see a lot of other damage done that could have been prevented. Don’t let these common hazards turn into a costly repair for you.
One of the easiest problems to spot is tree limbs hanging over a roof. Dead limbs can easily fall, posing a danger of collapse if they are big enough. But even broken shingles can pose a problem if left unabated. Tree limbs can also rub against the roof in the wind, bending shingles or breaking off small parts, or moving them out of place. Limbs can also rub off the protective coating of some types of materials. Trim back branches and remove dead limbs immediately.
Moisture and Improper Drainage
To be effective, a roof must be 100% impervious to moisture. Water can cause, mold, rot, and warping, which all snowball into other issues. Shingles need to be inspected for tears or cracks. Shingles expand and contract with temperature extremes, sometimes causing them to become misshapen. It can also put strain on nail holes pulling the shingle away from the roof. Pooling water on the roof is a red flag and must be dealt with immediately. First, try to determine the source of the water, it may have nothing to do with the roof itself. It is often an air conditioning unit or swamp cooler that needs fixing. If it is indeed a gutter or drainage issue, see to it immediately.
The other side of the moisture coin is improper ventilation which causes moisture to build up, thereby leading to mold, mildew, fungus, or warping. Proper attic or crawlspace ventilation is key to keeping moisture from affecting your roof. Check frequently to ensure no water is entering these areas. Speak to a roofing professional about good air circulation and fresh air. A common sign of poor ventilation is blistering on the roof caused from moisture trapped in the shingles.
Keep Wildlife Out
It is especially common in the spring for birds, squirrels or, other urban wildlife to make a home your roof or its eaves to give birth or hatch eggs. Some smaller rodents also like to hide seeds and nuts under loose shingles. If they find their way into your attic, they may chew electrical wiring, leading to costly damage as well as fire hazards. Make sure all ventilation ducts are properly sealed to keep birds and animals out. Seal up any holes and protect openings, like chimneys, with a grate.
We suggest a professional roof inspection
. Our roofing professionals would love to have the opportunity to come out and inspect your roof and property. They can easily identify any potential trouble spots that may need some attention now so they don’t turn into an emergency later. They can also assess any drainage issues or potential hazards before they have a chance to do any real damage. Call us today at, 303-618-9889
to set up an appointment.