Until you own a home or building, you never really give your roof much thought. As long as it is there, and you don’t have leaks, chances are you can’t even tell me the color of your shingles. But, once you take the plunge and become a homeowner, you’re going to be spending a lot of time looking up at your roof. So, for you first timers, here’s a beginners guide to spotting problems with your roof, and when to call in a professional roofer.
There is many ways your roof can be damaged: natural disasters, weather, and other “acts of God”. But, sometimes your roof just gets old. If this is the case, good for you. That means you’ve been diligent (or the previous owners have been careful) about pre-maintenance and regular repairs. Go ahead and congratulated yourself on a job well done. Okay, that’s enough. You still need to deal with a roof that has passed it’s prime and is ready for retirement.
Signs your roof is getting old
Curled shingles, cupped shingles, cracked shingles, or shingles that are missing granules are a telltale sign that your roof is getting old. This usually happens around the 20th anniversary of your roofing system. But, many factors can shorten, or lengthen the life of your roof – like weather, ventilation, and installation, maintenance, etc. – so you always need to be aware of the current state of your roof.
Water damage can shorten the life of your roof
Any signs of water damage or water penetration should be inspected and fixed immediately.
Blocked, broken, or missing gutters and downspouts should be repaired or replaced.
If you have dark, green stains from algae or moss growing on the surface of your roof, it may not be due to a flaw in your roofing system. But, anything growing on your roof, changing the appearance of the materials should raise a few flags and prompts an inspection, at the very least. You may just need to clean it, but it could also be a sign that water is penetrating your roof.
Residential and commercial roof inspections in Colorado
If you have concerns about the quality of your Colorado roof, call a professional roofing contractor for an inspection.