Prepare For Roof Damage This Fall

It may still be summer, but fall is right around the corner. This fall season can pose numerous risks to your Colorado roofing system. So, this year, why not take a proactive approach to roof maintenance and prep your roof for the autumn conditions to come? By protecting your roof against common types of fall roof damage, you can reduce your risk of incurring severe roof damage and avoid high roof repair expenses. 

Here, we’ll cover our top tips for preparing your Colorado roof for the fall season, helping you to steer clear of roof damage before the winter season. 

Take Care of The Trees On Your Property.

During the fall season, roof damage often occurs due to a lack of maintenance on nearby trees. There are several types of roof damage that can result from the trees on your property, including:

  • Damage from overhanging branches

Branches that hang over your roof can cause multiple types of damage. For one, if the branches are long enough to touch the surface of your roof, wind may cause the branches to scratch or dent the roofing materials. In the case of an asphalt shingle roof, the branches may scratch away some of the asphalt granules. This weakens the shingles and makes them more prone to cracking and breaking. Overhanging branches may also break, whether due to high winds or a storm, and dent the surface of the roof. 

  • Leaves, pine needles, and other debris

When there are trees near your roof, leaves, pine needles, and other debris may fall onto its surface. If this debris accumulates, it may trap and hold moisture from rain, hail, or snow. While a bare roof can dry out quickly in the sun after a storm, the debris can keep moisture against the surface of your roof. This can cause mold to form and increase the risk that wooden roof components will rot. 

  • Fallen trees

If there are older trees on your property, it’s important to keep an eye on them. This is because dead trees can fall, and if a tree falls onto your property, it will likely destroy your roof. This would require a full Colorado roof replacement.

Having your trees trimmed by an arborist and cleaning debris off of the surface of your roof regularly will help prevent roof damage this fall.  

Clean The Gutters. 

When storms strike this fall, it’s important for your roof to drain properly. This will help prevent water damage, including roof leaks. The gutters are a crucial part of the roof’s drainage system, as they direct water away from your roof and the rest of your home. During the fall, it’s common for the gutters to become clogged with leaves, pine needles, and other outdoor debris. If this debris accumulates, it can cause the gutters to clog completely. 

To prevent clogged gutters this fall, make sure to clean them regularly or have them professionally cleaned. You can also get a gutter guard to stop leaves and debris from getting caught in the gutters to begin with. 

Check The Ventilation and Insulation. 

While you’re prepping your Colorado roofing system for fall, it’s a good time to check your attic’s insulation and ventilation. Temperatures will soon be dropping, and having ample attic insulation is essential for maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. Otherwise, cold air can seep in through the roof, forcing your heater to work harder to keep your home warm. Insulation can become damaged over time, and you may not have enough insulation in your attic to begin with. Your Colorado roofing team can check the insulation and recommend repairs as needed. 

Ventilation protects your roof against damage from excess moisture. It also ensures that air circulates throughout your roof so that heat doesn’t get trapped in the attic. A professional roof inspection can reveal whether your roofing system has ample ventilation or requires changes for proper air circulation. 

To schedule a roof inspection, Colorado roof repairs, or any other roofing services that you need, contact RME today.

Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Colorado Roof

Here in Colorado, especially with the spring season in full swing, storm damage to your roof is a distinct possibility. It’s wise to take care of storm damage to your roof as soon as possible to avoid more severe issues. Roofing damage gets worse over time as it’s exposed to various weather conditions, so Colorado roof repairs are important for the longevity of your roof. 

If your roof becomes damaged in a storm, you may be left wondering what to do. Here, we’ve outlined how to deal with storm damage to your Colorado roof, as well as the main types of roof storm damage to look out for. By taking care of the damage ASAP after it occurs, you can work to protect the condition of your roofing system. 

Types of Storm Damage

There are multiple types of storm damage that can happen here in Colorado. These include:

Water Damage

With any type of precipitation, your roof is at risk of water damage. When it’s pouring rain, the rain may cause the protective granules on the surface of asphalt shingles to fall off. The granules protect your roof against the sun’s UV rays, helping to manage the temperature of your home during the summer months. Additionally, when the outer granules have worn away, your roof shingles are more susceptible to further damage. 

If your roof is damaged or on the older side, moisture may seep into its weak points. As the water reaches the deeper layers of the roof, it can speed up the process of deterioration and may cause the wood elements to rot. If the water seeps all the way through your roof, you’ll likely have a leak on your hands. Roof leaks can occur after severe storms, especially if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. A leak may cause water damage not only to your roof, but also to the rooms in your home, which makes it important to schedule prompt Colorado roof repairs

Hail Damage

Hailstorms are common here in Colorado. We experience more severe hailstorms in this state than most other regions in the U.S. Hailstones, especially when they’re large and/or traveling at high speeds, can dent, crack, or puncture your roof. Hailstones also tend to damage the protective granules on asphalt shingle roofing systems. This is why homeowners often notice asphalt granules in the gutter downspouts after a storm. 

Roof hail repairs are crucial after a severe hailstorm if significant damage has occurred. Leaving hail damage alone will diminish the strength of your roofing system, making it more likely for damage to strike in the future. 

Wind Damage

Many severe storms here in Colorado are accompanied by high winds. High winds can get under the edges of roof shingles and lift them up. This may break the shingles and/or rip them off of your roof. 

Wind during a storm can also lead to broken branches or twigs on nearby trees. When the branches break, they may fall onto your roof and cause damage. To avoid this problem, make sure to keep the trees on your property trimmed back from the surface of the roof. 

Wind damage is more likely to affect your roof if there’s existing damage, such as weak sealant. You can largely avoid this issue by scheduling regular roof inspections. The inspector will be able to identify any loose shingles and advise you on repair solutions. 

How To Deal With Roof Storm Damage

After a big storm in Colorado, there are a few steps that you can take to address damage and reduce your risk of future roofing problems:

  1. Schedule an inspection with your Colorado roofing company. During this inspection, a roof inspector will let you know whether any storm damage has occurred. 
  2. Take note of any damage that you can identify safely before the storm, such as broken shingles around your yard or asphalt granules in the downspouts. 
  3. Schedule the needed Colorado roof repairs to restore the condition of your roof. 
  4. Contact your homeowners insurance company to file a claim for any covered damage.

Contact RME today to schedule your roof inspection or Colorado roof repairs after a storm.