At Colorado Roofing, we’re passionate about educating our customers on roof repair and replacement options, as well as how to spot signs of deterioration. That’s why we’ve created this roofing FAQ page to answer some common roofing questions.
How Do I Know If I Need A New Roof?
If your home’s roof is made of wood shakes or shingles, it likely will have a 15 to 30 year lifespan. Of course, this will depend on the quality of the shingles, the efficiency of the installation, and the location of your home. Most Colorado homeowners don’t realize they need a new roof until they discover a leak in their ceiling, so if you’re concerned your roof may need professional attention, contact Colorado Roofing today.
There are many telltale signs that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced. Let’s take a look at them below.
Roof Shingles Are Curling Or Buckling
When roof shingles are healthy, they lie flat against the roof. If you’ve started to notice that the shingles on your roof are starting to curl or buckle, it may be time to call your local roofing company. This may mean that your shingles are past their life expectancy.
If your shingles have started to buckle, it will look as if something underneath the roof is pushing the shingles outward. There are many reasons that this can happen, from improper installation to poor tar paper. Poor roof ventilation can also lead to buckling if water moisture accumulates in your attic.
If you have asphalt shingles on your home, you may notice them starting to curl. This is a sign that your shingles are stressed and need attention. If your shingles are curling, they will appear concave in the center rather than flat.
Shingles Are Falling Off Your Roof Or Missing
The shingles on your roof serve an important purpose. Not only do they keep your home and family dry from rain and snow, they work with your entire roofing system to ensure that your home is safe. If you’ve discovered that shingles are falling off your roof, or you’ve noticed that there are a few missing shingles on your roof, you may need roof repair or replacement. When shingles fall off your roof, it is likely due to wear and tear from UV rays and harsh weather.
Your Shingles Are Covered With Algae Or Moss
Has your roof acquired a green or brown color on its own? This is likely due to the growth of algae or moss. Not only can this be an eyesore for the homeowner, the expansive growth of these elements can actually damage the finish of your shingles and increase the likelihood of future roof problems.
The Roof Is Leaking Or There Are Water Spots On Your Ceiling
When your roof starts to leak or you notice water spots on your ceiling, you’ll want to call a roof replacement and repair company to inspect your roof right away. If left untreated, water infiltration can cause major damage to your home’s structure (including your electrical system). It can also lead to the rapid growth of mold, which is a very costly issue to remedy.
There Are Shingle Granules In Your Gutters
As a homeowner, you probably inspect your gutters a few times a year. If you see shingle granules sitting in your gutter system, this means that your shingles are beginning to wear down. This can leave your roof looking mismatched and unsightly, as certain areas may appear darker than others.
When Should I Schedule A Roof Inspection?
At Colorado Roofing, we get this question a lot. While most homeowners recognize the need for a roof inspection after extreme weather or a rain or hail storm, you should consider having at least two roof inspections a year. Our roofing experts recommend having your roof inspected by a professional during the fall, before the cold weather sets in in Colorado. There are many reasons for this, including:
- Cold and frigid temperatures can compromise your new roof installation and repairs.
- Shingles cannot seal properly when it is cold outside.
- Attempting repairs on an icy roof can be dangerous.
Why Should I Hire A Roofing Company For An Inspection?
If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably wondering why you should hire a roofing company for a roof inspection. After all, can’t you spot missing shingles or leaks on your own? While homeowners can certainly spot obvious roof issues, it’s always wise to get a professional opinion. They’ll have the knowledge and experience to ensure your roof is in tip-top-shape, and they’ll be able to recommend the most practical and affordable roof repair or replacement solution for your home.
What Should I Expect From A Roof Inspection?
When you call the experts at Colorado Roofing for a roof inspection, we’ll schedule a convenient time to come to your home or business to inspect your roof. We’ll keep an eye out for leaks, organic growth issues, and other issues that may compromise the integrity of your roof. To help you get a better understanding of what a roof inspection entails, read the bullet points below.
A roof inspection will require a thorough structural inspection of your home. This may include examining the condition of the soffit, fascia, and gutter system. A roof inspector will check your roof for uneven roof planes and any signs of sagging, and they may also check the venting system in your attic.
When there’s a leak in your roof, there’s likely interior damage in your home. A roof inspector will check your home’s ceilings, interior walls, and attic space for any signs of sitting water or mold.
During a material inspection, a roofing specialists will look closely at the health of your home’s shingles. They will observe the shingle system for moss, rust, or signs of curling.