You May Need A New Roof If…

You May Need a New Roof If...Homeowners in the Denver area must inspect their roofs on a regular basis. Catching a small problem can prevent serious and expensive damage in the future. A sound rooftop gives the homeowner peace of mind and adds value to the home. Should the house ever go on the market, it will be much more attractive to buyers and demand a higher price than a home needing new shingles, gutters, or a new roof altogether.

If inspection has been neglected, it may be too late. There are several things to check to see if the house needs a new roof. Here are 10 things to look for:

Outside

1. Check inside the gutters. The presence of loose granules in the gutters means that they are coming loose from the shingles and washing off the rooftop. A rooftop that loses granules is probably damaged and may be replacement.
2. A home with gutters in bad condition may be a good candidate for a roof replacement. If water collects along the line of the rooftop, it will can back under the rooftop and cause rotted wood. Check that the gutters are securely attached and that they are clean, clear and in good shape. Also, make sure all drains to all downspouts are free of debris.
3. Look for missing shingles or those that look worn or cracked. Rooftops with poor-condition shingles can allow water to enter and rot the plywood underneath.
4. Check flashing around areas such as junctions, pipes, vents and the chimney. If any are missing or bent, it can lead to water penetration and damage.
5. Inspect for sags or darkened areas. This can indicate the wood underneath is decaying. If the area feels spongy when stepped on, this is a further sign of rot.
6. If mold, moss, fungus or green algae is present on the shingles, this can be a sign that it must be replaced. These microorganisms loosen granules and degrade the material underneath. They also keep moisture in contact with rooftop. In the Denver area, continued freezing and thawing of that water can crack the rooftop material and make it unfit to protect your home.

Inside

1. In the attic, the homeowner should inspect for any sign of wear on the underside of the rooftop deck.
2. Look for signs of light coming through the wood. These are gaps or cracks through which water, or even insects and small animals, can enter.
3. Inspect for dark areas or trails. These are signs of water damage.
4. Check for sagging in the rooftop deck. The wood has decayed here.

If you spot one or more of these warning signs on the outside or inside of your rooftop, you may need to have your roof and/or gutters replaced. To hire a reputable contractor in the Denver area, contact Jenesis Roofing today

Common Problems With Old & Unmaintained Roofs

It sits on top of every building in the Denver area but we hardly ever think twice about it even though it is one of the most important parts of your home. It goes unnoticed so much that we tend to forget it’s even there. However, when problems arise it can be one of the most expensive repairs we need and there is no getting around it. As tough as the it is, it is still susceptible to damage and decay so it’s important to keep it maintained and in good health. We are referring to, of course, the roof.

Roof and Shingle Repair

Damage to your roof can cause the price of repairs to skyrocket and the value of your home to plummet. It’s important to know what signs to look for and what can be done to prevent future damage and repair current damage, restoring the life and value of your home. Some of the most common problems we encounter are:

Missing Or Damaged Shingles
Shingles are the overlapping pieces of material that cover your roof and protect it from the weather. When they get damaged or go missing, it leaves your home vulnerable to mildew and decay. The water from a storm can seep into your attic, down through your walls, and cause a multitude of problems like mold infestation. If it looks like your shingles might be cracked, balding, or missing, then it may be time to replace them.

Clogged Gutters
The gutters along the side of your home collect water and transport it to the ground, protecting your fascia boards and siding. When gutters get clogged, the water has nowhere else to go and can leak underneath your shingles and into the walls. Proper gutter maintenance is essential to the overall health of your home. Sometimes a proper cleaning will do the trick but if your gutters have been there for longer than you can remember, it may be time to think about getting new ones.

Cracks
The Denver area sees all sorts of weather and it can be detrimental to the health of your home. Over the years, the fluctuations in temperatures can weaken the wood, allowing it to crack and rain to leak into your home. Once that happens, the repair bills can add up quickly. Cracks can also leave your home susceptible to our next danger…

Weathered Roofing Shingle

Termite Infestation
These little creatures can wreak havoc on your home and do considerable damage to the wood and overall integrity of your roof. They eat a lot, reproduce quickly, and can spell danger in big, bold letters. They can sneak in under loose shingles or cracks and set up shop in the walls where there is ample food supply. With them, they carry all sorts of nasty germs. From the health of your family to the health of your home, a termite infestation can be extremely serious.

Are you looking to move to or within the Denver area soon? Have you picked out that perfect house and the only thing stopping you from moving in is making sure that is going to hold up to the weather? Are you already living in your home but starting to see signs that something might be a little bit out of the ordinary?

Jenesis Roofing has proudly served the Denver area for over 12 years and is a member of the BBB. Give us a call to set up an appointment for your free estimate. You’ll be glad you did!

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