While roofing problems of various types and severity can occur anywhere, in certain geographical areas, including Colorado, homeowners need to be prepared for more severe issues. While the state is great for outdoor activities and gives locals the opportunity to enjoy plenty of sunshine, the location and the terrain features of the Centennial State also increase the frequency of roofing issues – here are some of the most common ones identified by informed Parker roofing companies.
Damage by Trees
The climate in Colorado is great for vegetation – wherever you go in the state, you will see spectacular, large trees and the green in the region is greener than anywhere else. However, trees are not only great assets on any property – they also pose a hazard to roofs, especially during stormy periods. The high winds that are so commonly associated with Colorado storms might tear off large branches and limbs and drop them onto roofs, breaking roofing components and causing leaks. The solution is simple, though: the limbs overhanging roofs need to be regularly trimmed.
The winds that come with storms carry lots of debris, such as twigs, dried leaves, feathers and dust, all of which can get deposited in the gutters, forming clogs. Clogged gutters cannot direct water away from the building, causing it to pour down the walls, often into the foundation, causing hard-to-detect, but severe damage to the building. To prevent such issues, homeowners need to perform regular inspections of their gutter pipes, to remove any clogs and to ensure that the pipes are fastened properly and perfectly functional.
Leaks are among the most common roofing issues in any climate zone, but they are more frequent in Colorado, where roofs are exposed not only to lots of rain, but to thick layers of snow, too. If you notice a damp patch on your ceiling or, even worse, if water starts dripping or pouring in your rooms, the first thing to do is to check the attic for any traces of water – the source of the leak is likely to be located right above those traces. Leaks are usually caused by cracks and holes developed by the roof covering material or by a flashing stripe that surrounds one of your roof openings and the best repair method is the replacement of the faulty component.
The continuous action of water and the permanently high humidity can damage the wooden components of any roofing structure. Weakened and damaged beams and rafters can cause the roof to sag – an issue that is common and severe at the same time. In some cases, the damaged component can be replaced with special techniques that involve the lifting of the entire roof with special devices and installing temporary support until the repair is complete, but if the issue is neglected and damage affects too many of the wooden elements, the only solution is the replacement of the entire roof, including the covering material and the wooden structure. Fortunately, the issue can be prevented with regular roof inspections and meticulous, thorough roof maintenance.