It is important to have a roof over your head. Yet as a busy homeowner, with an already hectic schedule, the last thing on your mind is roof maintenance. However, this oversight is a bit unfair, as your Denver roof withstands a lot of wear and tear – everything from heavy snow to pouring rain. Read on for more information on biannual roof inspections, roofing materials including asphalt shingles, and new roofs.
Roof Inspection: What to Look For
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that you inspect your roof at least two times a year – preferably in the spring and fall, as this will optimize your roofing systems’ life expectancy. Ensuring your roof is in good condition will also be a big plus should you ever decide to sell your home.
Did a storm just blow through? Although roofs are designed to resist wind loads common to your geographical location, even the strongest roof system has the potential to become structurally unsound given extreme winds and rain. To prevent the occurrence of further damage, homeowners are urged to contact a local roofing contractor for immediate inspection.
Unlike structural damage, interior and exterior roof damage can be seen at eye level, making it safe for you to inspect on your own. The best place to begin is in the attic – don’t forget a flashlight. Things to look for on the inside include sagging roof decking, water damage, dark spots and trails, and outside light peeking through.
Moving on to the exterior of your home, pay attention to such things as torn, cracked or missing tiles, loose materials around vents or chimneys, and damaged flashing. You should also look for signs of mold, rot or moisture. Be sure to check the roof’s drainage system to ensure the gutters are allowing water to properly exit the roof.
Materials Can Make All The Difference
Making the determination as to when you need a new roof in Denver also depends on your existing roofing material, as there are various materials that can be used, each with their own share of pros and cons. We also service commercial roofs in Denver.
Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials available. They are available in two types: organic and fiberglass. Both of which are waterproof. Fiberglass, however, are more widely available. The greatest advantage to asphalt shingles is their cost: they will provide protection for 15 to 30 years for a relatively low upfront cost.
Wood Shingles: Wood shingles come in a variety of materials including cedar and pine. Wood shingles have an expected lifespan of 30 to 50 years. The downside to wood shingles is: They have poor fire ratings and they’re prone to mold and rot. In moist climates, you may notice the growth of moss.
Clay, Slate or Concrete Tiles: Clay and concrete tiles should never need replacing – at least not in your lifetime considering this type of roof has a lifespan of a hundred. Individual tiles, however, can break or crack making it necessary to have them replaced by a professional roofing contractor.
Metal Roofs: Metal roofs are becoming a popular option for homeowners in areas prone to snowstorms. They are also becoming quite popular as they are environmentally friendly (they are often made from recycled materials) as well as being very durable. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. They typically have a lifespan of 50 plus years.
Roof Replacement: Starting Over
A new roof system is an important investment. There are plenty of reasons why you should not put off replacing an old or damaged roof. Keep in mind: Older roofs are more susceptible to structural damages. So even if you are unable to see any physical damage, you may want to still consider roof replacement if your existing roof is nearing its lifespan.
A strong, durable roof is one that keeps out moisture as well as hot and cold temperatures. Roof replacement may be more of a necessity than you might think, so slow down, and make the time to thoroughly inspect your roof. Or…contact a professional roofing contractor to inspect it. They will guide you in evaluating your available options.