Protect Your Home and Prevent Further Damage
The front range is a great place to call home. Residents have access to some of the best hiking trails, ski slopes, and national parks in the nation. However, homeowners also have to deal with year-round storms that can cause significant damage to their roofs. If you’re dealing with roof water damage to your Colorado or Wyoming home, Stone Creek Roofing can help.
After a strong windstorm, hailstorm, thunderstorm, or snowstorm, you might notice water damage to your roof. Though water damage is most often associated with heavy rain, strong winds and debris can damage your shingles and give water an entry point into your home. Hail, rainfall, and ice dams can also lift and remove shingles, allowing water to leak into roof sheathing and ceilings.
Sometimes it can be difficult to notice water damage, especially if there aren’t visible signs in your home. However, some telltale signs of water damage include:
- Missing or cracked shingles: You can examine the exterior of your house to determine if there are missing, curled, or cracked shingles on your roof. Shingles are your roof’s barrier against water, so damaged shingles indicate that you may have water damage.
- Sagging soffits: Rotting wood sags under pressure. If you notice that your once straight soffits are now sagging, you may have sustained water damage from ice dams in your gutters, damaged shingles, or faulty flashing.
- Gutter granules: When hail and heavy debris strike your roof, your shingles deteriorate. If you notice beads of asphalt coming out of your gutters, you might be at risk of water damage from weak and broken shingles.
- Water spots on walls and ceilings: The most obvious sign of roof water damage is discoloration on your interior walls and ceilings. Water stains indicate that your roof is suffering from some serious damage.
If you notice one or more of the telltale signs of roof damage, it’s crucial to locate the source of the leak and prevent further harm. The longer you let water enter your home, the more expensive the repair will be. Avoid a major repair by checking your roof after a storm, searching for roof leaks if you notice shingle damage, and stopping leaks at the source.
Finding a roof leak is more complicated than you may think—internal water stains aren’t a good indicator of the leak source, and you may not be able to see damage on certain parts of your roof. Before getting out the ladder, check your attic space for wet spots, mold, and damaged insulation. If you can’t find signs of water in your attic, you can either call a roof repair specialist to climb onto your roof or do it yourself.
When searching for leaks on your roof, check for damaged shingles, missing flashing around chimneys, and soft areas. Once you think you’ve found the leak source, you can remove shingles to see if the wood underneath is damaged.
While you wait for a roofing specialist to arrive, take steps to prevent further water damage. Soak up excess moisture and plug up open seams where water is leaking into your house. Consider securing a tarp over the leaky area if you’re concerned it might rain before a contractor arrives. If water is dripping into your home, place containers underneath the leak to prevent damage to your ceilings, walls, and floors.
Depending on how old your roof is, a roofing expert might patch your leaky roof or recommend a roof replacement. Either way, it’s essential to stop leaks as soon as possible to prevent water from seeping into your home and causing interior harm.
Our inspectors start by climbing up on your home’s roof to assess its overall condition and your specific concerns. From there, we become your roofing consultants and project managers.
Sometimes roof damage is inevitable, especially in Colorado and Wyoming weather. However, you can minimize roof damage repair costs by assessing your roof after storms, quickly identifying leaks, and using temporary repair methods before an expert comes to evaluate the damage. You may want to speak with a claims expert to determine if you should file an insurance claim to help cover costs.
At Stone Creek Roofing, we offer free roof inspections for residential and commercial buildings in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Wyoming, and the surrounding areas. Our team can help you determine the extent of water damage and decide if a new roof is the right choice for you. Contact us today to learn more about our inspection, repair, and claims consultation services.
Are you concerned you may have water damage to your roof after a big storm? Enlist the help of our roofing experts by booking a free roof inspection today.