Per the Colorado Roofing Association, roofs are one of the most important parts of a home or building because they protect the structure from the natural elements such as wind, rain, fire, ice, snow, extreme heat and hail. If you have a damaged roof, you’re likely going to have problems within your home or building.
After a severe hailstorm and depending on the size and density of the hail, your roof could fall into an accelerated rate of damage that leaves you vulnerable to leaks. Over time, if ignored, water that leaks through tiny holes in your roof caused by hail can lead to serious problems on the interior including water damage, mold and other structural issues, as well as a roof collapse.
This is why it’s imperative after a hailstorm that you get a professional to evaluate and assess the damage.
Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:
- Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
- Bald spots where granules are missing
- Cracked shingles
- Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
- Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life
- The roof just looks old and worn
- Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
- Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface.
Review Colorado Residential Roofing Law
ATTENTION – ROOFING SPECIFIC LAW YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF! On 6/6/2012, Colorado’s legislature passed new residential roofing laws C.R.S. 6-22-101 thru 6-22-105 (SB38). Be sure to educate yourself on the new requirements before selecting a contractor for your Denver roof repair needs.
Review SB38 Statute – Colorado Consumer Protection / Residential Roofing Bill.
Review SB38 FACTSHEETS for the items to look for when selecting a roofing contractor.
GET A CRA “NO ROOFING SOLICITORS” DOOR CARD. Print and post on your front door.