We tell our customers that their roof protects their most valuable assets and their family all the time. Our expert roofers also do our best to help clients avoid damage to their roofs. Sadly, sometimes roofing repairs are still necessary. Below, we outline the most common roof repair projects we see in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas.
The most obvious and most common roof repairs involve hail damage. Hail damages the shingles by impacting them at high velocity. The protective layer of granules on asphalt shingles falls off and the UV rays from the sun begin to deteriorate the shingles and this can lead to a leak in the roof.
Water Spot on Ceiling
Many leaks don't show up right away. They take a while to soak into your roofing structure, insulation, and homeowners finally begin to notice once a dark spot begins to appear on their ceiling. Many homeowners begin looking for the leak at the spot of the water damage, but forget to take the slope of the roof into account. Often these common roof repairs can be traced to damage further uphill from the water spot on your roof's slope. Furthermore, a water spot usually indicates a leak that has been present for some time. This makes walking on the roof far more dangerous for the untrained homeowner. Instead of looking into the issue yourself, call a professional and stress free roofing company to request a free inspection!
Nails Through Roof - Shiners
Shiners are nails that miss the framing for your roof. These nails frost over during the cold nights and drip when they warm up during the day. Many homeowners can find these by looking behind the insulation in their attics on a cold night.
Damaged Roof Vents or Vent Flashing Failure
Many roof vents are plastic and hold up fine in many climates. Colorado presents harsher environments, however, and these vents can crack from major temperature swings throughout the course of a day. This becomes more probable as the plastic ages and a simple bead of caulk will not stop the cracking from worsening or growing. These failing vents need to be replaced. In addition to replacing the vents, flashing should be added to ensure water runs away from these holes in your roof.
Missing, Failing, or Improper Flashing
Flashing reroutes moisture away from roofing penetrations such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. If the flashing fails or, worse, was never installed these more vulnerable areas of your roof can begin leaking quickly. Many contractors will forgo flashing completely and opt, instead, for roofing cement or tar around these areas. This is usually a dead giveaway that the job wasn't completed correctly. Roofing cement seals out water for the short term, but hardens and cracks as it dries and allows leaking to occur.
Missing, Damaged, or Improperly Installed Chimney Cricket
Colorado homes often feature beautiful, wood-burning fireplaces. These fireplaces require chimneys which often add great curb appeal to a home when they are maintained properly. While these chimneys may look great from the curb, they also create large dams on your roof to catch debris and standing water to create mold. Expert roofers know that a chimney cricket or chimney saddle can fix this common roof repair by redirecting debris and moisture into your gutters and off of your roof.