Different roofing materials have different vulnerabilities. Asphalt shingles can tear. Clay or concrete tiles can break. What’s more, residential roof repair comes in many forms. Not all roof damage is from storms or fallen debris. Too often we repair roofs that other so-called ‘professional roofing companies’ have installed incorrectly.
When we discuss roof repair, we are referring to a portion of your roof that has damage and not the entire roof. If your entire roof has damage, this is considered a roof replacement.
Asphalt Roof Repair in Colorado
Repairs to asphalt shingles are the most common simply because they are the most common roofing material. More homes have asphalt shingle roofs than other other roofing material.
That said, common repairs to an asphalt shingle roof are from granule loss, such as from tree branches rubbing on them, re-sealing shingles if they’ve become loose, broken or missing shingles, and patching holes, for example from fallen tree branches.
Repairing an asphalt shingle roof can be relatively easy, depending upon the damage. Our residential roofing inspector often carries with him scraps of asphalt shingles for patching holes, sealant to re-seal a shingle, and other materials and tools to quickly make small roof repairs on the spot.
Metal Roof Repair
Today, there are more metal roofing options than your typical sheet metal roof. Today, there are also metal shingles. These shingles resemble asphalt shingles, tile, or wood shake.
Because a metal roof is more durable than, for example, asphalt shingles, they don’t fail that often. When they do, however, it is either because they weren’t installed correctly, a fastener (screw) has become loose, a seam is no longer sealed, or the metal has been punctured, for example, from a fallen tree. It is also possible, if the wind storm is strong enough, to tear metal shingles or sheets in half or completely remove them from a building. Those are your common metal roofing problems.
Although a metal roof is stronger than an asphalt shingle roof, it can still be damaged. Therefore, if you have one, be sure to regularly inspect it yourself, or contact us for a free inspection. A metal roof is more dangerous to walk on than an asphalt shingle roof, so it’s a good idea to have a professional roofing company inspect your metal roof for you.
Little can go wrong with a concrete or clay tile roof. That’s one reason why they’re so expensive. 🙂 Due to their weight, they don’t easily blow-off in a wind storm. This sometimes happens, however. Due to their thickness and strength, they don’t often break from hail. When they do break, it is from someone walking on the tiles, or from a fallen tree or branch. When a tile is replaced, care needs to be taken when walking on the roof so as to not damage more tiles.
We have worked with concrete and clay tiles and we have the expertise to repair them. If you have tile roof that needs repaired, contact us for a free inspection and estimate.
Modified Bitumen (ModBit)
ModBit is often found on very low slope roofs, such as on small sections of your normally steep-sloped house roof, on home additions, or detached garages.
Common modified bitumen problems are punctures, ripples or warping, granule loss, and cracks. Cracks in your ModBit roof can often be repaired with sealant. Punctures, depending upon the size, can be patched with a piece of an asphalt shingle or ModBit. Granule loss, depending upon the area, will need to be replaced with a section of ModBit.
As with other roofing materials, you’ll want to inspect a ModBit roof regularly. Modified bitumen is installed onto roofs with very low slopes. Therefore, they are very safe to walk on. If you do inspect your ModBit roof yourself, as with asphalt shingles, be sure to walk carefully on the roof and not to rub or drag the sole of your shoe or boot on the granules. This will loosen the granules and cause your roof to fail prematurely.
Flashing makes up part of your roofing system. Flashing is used at the bottom of your roof under your shingles, around pipes and chimney’s, where roof decks meet each other, among other places. It is used to help redirect water away from your roof deck. Because flashing is a part of your roof, it is also susceptible to damage, such as from hail and debris. If a tree has fallen onto your roof, your flashing has probably also been damaged. If the damage to the flashing is minor, it might just need to be repaired. If it’s major, such as missing or cracked or severely bent, it will need to be replaced. Sometimes, flashing just needs to be sealed-up again. Regardless of what your flashing repairs are, we can help.
Roof Hail Damage
Hail damage often affects your entire roof. It is rare that hail damage only affects a portion of a roof. Therefore, if a roof has been damaged from hail, more than likely the entire roof needs to be replaced. If a hail storm has come through your neighborhood, contact us for a free inspection. We can determine if the hail was severe enough to warrant a total roof replacement or there was any damage at all.
Roof Wind Damage
High wind damage to roofs happen more often than one might think. Because wind isn’t something we can see, like hail, it isn’t something we think of as able to cause damage. However, high winds damage thousands of roofs in our service area every year. Wind damage ranges from loosening shingles to completely tearing-off large sections of roof. If high winds have come through your neighborhood, contact us for a free roof inspection. If there’s no damage to your roof, we’ll let you know. If there is damage, we’ll let you know that, too, and provide a free estimate.
Tree Damaged Roof
Don’t get me wrong. I like trees. I am pro-tree. I’ve also been known to hug a tree. However, too many home designers and landscapers plant the wrong tree in the wrong place. A small columnar tree next to your house, one that doesn’t grow taller than your house and whose branches don’t grow over your house, is fine. A large tree with a diameter of 25′ out in the middle of your yard is wonderful. But a large tree next to your house with branches that hang over your house is not a good idea.
If you have trees that are so close to your house that it can rub on your roof, or that has branches that hang over your roof, you will need to watch it as a tree can do a lot of damage to a roof. Wind can get a branch to rubbing on an asphalt shingle roof, which can cause granule loss, which can lead to a leaking roof. A fallen tree branch onto your roof from high winds or heavy snow can puncture your roof causing a leak or destruction. Leaves left to rot on your roof can breakdown your roofing material cause your roof to prematurely fail.
All that said, if a tree or a branch has fallen onto your roof, there’s a chance it’s damaged your roof, depending upon the size of the tree or branch. If this is the case, feel free to contact us for a free inspection.
How to Tell If Your Roof is Leaking
Some signs your roof needs repaired are visible from inside your home. If you see a stain or a wet spot on your ceiling, contact your trusted roofing company right away. Moisture or mold in your attic can mean your attic isn’t venting properly or your roof is leaking. If you have a stovepipe and you see water stains or rust on it, that’s a sure sign of a water leak on your roof.
Signs Your Roof Needs Repair
Not all signs of roof damage are obvious from the ground. It’s always best to get eyes onto the roof, whether it’s with a drone or a person, to inspect the roof up-close. It’s best to have a professional roofing company inspect your roof regularly, and immediately after a storm, to check for damage. Most roofing companies will inspect your roof for free, including us 🙂
Residential Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement
If the roof repair is extensive enough and it is determined that most or all of your roof has been damaged, this is no longer considered a ‘roof repair’, but a ‘roof replacement’ or a ‘re-roof’. Examples of a whole roof replacement are from a hail storm or simply old age. In most cases it is impractical to repair a roof that has been damaged from a hail storm. Most of the time, hail storms damage an entire roof, not just a section of it.
If you suspect your roof is in need of repair in Colorado, contact us immediately for a free inspection and estimate. If your roof is damaged, it should be repaired right away to avoid more costly repairs. If left alone, a small leak can lead to bigger problems and a larger repair bill later.