Is It Time for Roof Replacement?

 

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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.

Is It Time For a New Roof?

Leaky Roof?

The roof is perhaps one of the most important parts of your home and knowing when to repair it is important. Roofing repair can be costly, so knowing when to repair or replace the roof can be a big decision for a family. A roof can last anywhere from 15 to 40 or more years.

The following are a few tips and guidelines to follow when making the decision about roof repairs:

  • 1. Missing or Cracked Shingles – If you notice this problem, it may be a sign that the tar holding shingles in place has worn out. At this stage, roofing repair instead of replacement might be a feasible option.
  • 2. Damp Spots in the Attic or Ceiling – If visible water spots are in the attic, it might be a sign that it is time for a new roof. Damp areas can also mean that the roof is nearing the end of its life.
  • 3. Buckling Shingles – Buckling can mean that new shingles might have been applied over old ones or that there is poor roof ventilation.
  • 4. Rotting Roof – Roof rotting happens when the roof mat absorbs the moisture from the air and the shingles disintegrate. This problem happens more in southern states.

Gutters, too, play a role in making a decision about your roofing needs. Paying attention to your gutters can prevent small problems from becoming bigger. Damaged or improperly installed gutters can allow water to get under the roof and lead to significant damage.

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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