Water damage is a type of roof damage that homeowners dread. Unfortunately, water damage typically indicates a roof leak, which can be a hassle to manage. Roof leaks can cause damage inside of your home, making it essential to schedule Denver roof repairs or even a full roof replacement to repair a leak ASAP.
Identifying water damage to your roof is the first step toward fixing the issue and restoring the condition of your roof. Water damage can appear in many different forms, both in the interior and exterior of your home. Here, we’ll cover the main indicators of water damage to your Denver roofing system so that you can schedule roof repairs promptly.
Shingle damage is a key sign that water damage may be affecting your roof. Large storms and high winds can cause shingles to be ripped from your roof. Asphalt shingles may also curl at the corners as a result of water damage.
The shingles are the outermost layer of your Denver roof. This means that they’re the most susceptible to water damage. Oftentimes, shingle damage is the first sign of water damage, with water later seeping into the layers beneath. So, if you can identify and schedule roof repairs for shingle damage soon after it occurs, you may be able to prevent extensive water damage to your roof and home.
Asphalt shingles have an outer layer of mineral granules. These granules protect the shingles against damage from the elements, including the sun’s UV rays. After a major storm, the rain or hail may knock mineral granules off of the shingles. The precipitation then washes the granules away into your gutter system. After the storm, you may notice that asphalt granules are left in the gutter downspouts.
Of course, asphalt granules in your gutter downspouts don’t automatically indicate that your roof is seriously water damaged. However, missing asphalt granules will diminish the durability of your roof and could be an early sign that your roof is vulnerable to water damage.
Roof decking refers to the wooden boards that are installed just beneath the shingles on a roofing system. The decking creates a flat surface for the shingles to be secured on. If the roof decking becomes damaged by water, it may be soft or spongy to the touch. Over time, the water that has seeped into the decking will cause the wood to rot, significantly reducing the overall strength of your Denver roofing system. Rotten roof decking can quickly lead to a roof leak, so it’s crucial to address this problem as soon as it’s identified. Damage to the roof decking tends to occur if many of the shingles on a roof are missing or severely damaged.
If the exterior walls of your home have water stains, it’s a sign that the flashing where the roof connects to the wall may be damaged. When this flashing is damaged, often due to rust, water from a storm may reach the exterior walls and leave behind water stains. After noticing this type of water damage, contact your Denver roofing company to replace the flashing. If your roof is almost at the end of its lifespan, however, the roofers may recommend a full replacement to prevent ongoing water damage.
The signs of a roof leak often can be seen inside of the home. If water has leaked into your home through the roof, you may see water marks and/or bubbled paint on the ceilings and walls. A roof leak can also lead to the development of mold and mildew in the walls and ceilings of your home. Since mold spores can diminish the air quality in your home, it’s important to eliminate the cause of the mold to avoid further issues.
Once you’ve noticed signs of water damage to your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Denver roofers. Fixing the damage as soon as possible will restore your roof’s durability against various weather conditions and protect the structure of your home against water damage.