The cost of a damaged roof can quickly multiply as water damages the interior of your home. Keeping an eye out for common signs of roof damage can save you thousands of dollars. Vigilance as well as proper maintenance are the easiest steps to keep your roof intact.
Maintenance is the first step to keeping anything in good condition, whether it be a roof or not. A Denver roofing contractor told me that the early stages of roof damage can be avoided, especially in low-sloped roofs, where all they may need is a little sealant.
All roofing materials, even tile and slates will eventually deteriorate in weather. Of course slate and ceramic tiles will resist weathering for decades, compared to a few years for asphalt shingles. Every kind of tile or shingle will be damaged by impacts like hail or tree limbs.
The other major scourge of shingles is wind. Any kind of major windstorm like a tornado or hurricane will definitely damage a roof. Ask your Denver roofing contractor what wind speeds your roofing materials are rated at. Edges of the roof is where shingles first start to split and peel. To limit this type of damage, maintain strong roof support and line the roof edge with flashing.
Poorly designed roofs made by homeowners are another common cause of roof damage. Often these design flaws will result in the need for a total Denver roof replacement. Common mistakes armatures make are inadequate roof slope, improper structural support, misuse of expansion joints, and using incompatible roofing materials.
Your flashing is used to provide a watertight seal around the roof. If the flashing is damaged, then water can leak under the shingles, rendering the whole roof ineffective. Often repairing the flashing is all that is needed in a leaky roof. You should use good quality materials that will last as long or longer than the roofing materials used to make the rest of the roof. Having to fix the flashing before you need shingle replacement may cause additional time and costs.