The Impacts of Weather on Your Roof

Here in Denver, we’re not strangers to inclement weather.

In the Mile High city, we see all kinds of weather, from snow and rain to sunshine and hail. That means that our roofs have to put up with a lot, which can lead to frequent repairs and replacements in some cases. However, knowing just what the impacts of different kinds of weather can be will help to prepare you for it, and help you learn to watch out for the signs of damage. That’s why our experienced roofers in Denver have come up with this guide on the impacts of weather on your roof.

Wind

Storms are sometimes accompanied by severe or fast-moving wind. While wind may not seem like it’s that detrimental to your roof, it’s actually one of the leading causes of roof damage for both homes and commercial buildings. Strong winds can rip off shingles and tiles, leaving your roof susceptible to leaks and other problems. If the wind is severe enough, it could even hurt the wooden frame under your roof!

Signs that your roof has wind damage:

  • Torn or missing shingles
  • Damaged roof flashings
  • Shingle granules in the gutters

Hail

Did you know that meteorologists refer to the Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska region as hail alley? Hail is commonplace in Colorado, particularly between the months of April and August. Unfortunately, hail can do serious damage to your roof, and just one bad hailstorm could leave you with the need for a whole new roof. Luckily, in most cases, your homeowners insurance will cover hail damage, but you’ll need to get your roof inspected in a timely manner to ensure that it will be covered. 

Signs that your roof has hail damage:

  • Hail hits
  • Loose shingle granules
  • Broken, loose or missing shingles
  • Cracked fiberglass mat

Heat

People in Denver like to brag about getting 300 days of sunshine per year. Of course, there isn’t a great way to measure this, as a sunny day can mean different things to different people. However, regardless of how many sunny days we truly get in Denver, it’s still a city with lots of sunshine. And while, the sunshine is wonderful for hiking, planting flowers, cycling and many other fun, outdoor activities, it can be hard on our roofs. This is especially concerning if your roof has either southern or western exposure. Prolonged heat can cause your shingles to dry out, crack and/or curl up, leaving your roof at a great risk for leaks.

Signs that your roof has heat damage:

  • Cracks in shingles
  • Curling shingles
  • Bald spots on your shingles where granules have fallen off

Rain

Rain is exactly the kind of thing your roof was designed to protect against; however, that doesn’t mean that your roof is completely immune to rain damage. If your roof has any vulnerabilities, like cracked or missing shingles, it can lead to roof leaks and, eventually, water damage to the wooden frame of the roof. Furthermore, if there has been a lot of rain, it can slowly start to deteriorate your shingles, granule by granule, leaving you at risk for leaks.

Signs that your roof has rain damage:

  • Missing shingles
  • Shingle granules in gutters
  • Curling or buckling shingles
  • Rot or mold

Snow

Snow is commonplace in Denver from October all the way to March, April or, some years, even May. However, it’s those late spring snows that you have to worry about when it comes to your roof. In the spring is when the snow is usually the wettest and the heaviest, it puts excess stress and pressure on your roof. Not only is the weight of snow a problem, but if your attic hasn’t been properly ventilated and insulated, it can lead to ice dams, which can cause leaks and other issues.

Signs that your roof has snow damage:

  • Icicles forming on the edge of your roof
  • Gutters won’t drain
  • Snow that melts high on your roof, but not at the edges
  • Ice on the exterior walls of your home
  • A sagging ceiling

Prevent or repair storm damage to your roof with Endeavor Exteriors.

Although the weather can wreak havoc on our roofs, there are a lot of things you can do to keep your roof in great shape and help to prevent the damage caused by weather. It all starts with a regular roofing inspection, and that’s where your friends at Endeavor Exteriors come in. Not only can we inspect your roof after a storm, but we can also provide you with the professional repairs you need. And, if the damage is beyond repair, we also offer expert roof replacements. We truly are your go-to team of roofers in Denver, and there’s no other company that’s better equipped to help you prevent and repair storm damage than us! Visit us online today to learn more.