As winter starts to wind down, our thoughts turn to the promise of spring. Pretty soon we’ll be storing away winter boots and skis in anticipation of warmer temperatures and sunny skies.
For homeowners, though, with spring right around the corner it will be with mixed emotions. It’s fun to think of the sights and smells of May flowers, but it’s also time to get the annual spring “spruce up” list going. One of the things that should be a priority on top of the list is giving our roof a little springtime love.
Unless your roof is brand new, winter can leave behind wear and tear that can result in significant damage to your home if not taken care of before April showers blow in. Hopefully, you took preventative measures before winter to protect your roof.
Regardless, now is a good time to think about protecting your home from water damage. Your best bet is to call in a professional who knows exactly what to look for. In the meantime, there are things you can look for to determine if your roof is ready for the upcoming thaw.
The most telltale sign of winter roof damage is interior water leaks. You might see discoloration on your ceiling or stains on the walls. You don’t want to let this type of damage go. Over time, water leaks can cause significant damage to your home.
Moldy spots on the ceiling or walls. Mold can be caused by persistent humidity, but it can also be a sign of a roof leak. If you see evidence of mold, you should definitely identify the cause and repair it.
How Are The Shingles?
If your roof is clear of snow, you may see visible evidence of broken or loose shingles. If you decide to go up on the roof, be sure to take plenty of safety precautions. You may also notice discoloration in some spots. Cracks that form due to trapped water that expands and contracts during the winter can be more difficult to spot but can cause significant damage.
Roofing debris on your lawn or in your shrubs is a warning sign and merits further investigation. Hail, wind, and snow can all cause movement of loose materials. Chances are those materials weren’t supposed to be loose so be sure to resist the temptation to ignore them.
Check The Siding
Check for damage to your siding. The same harsh weather that can cause problems for your siding can do its bad work on your roof. High wind, hail, and ice can all cause problems for your roof and your siding.
If you experience roof damage during the winter, you are not alone. It happens to the best of us, even when we take all the preventative measures we can. The important thing is that you don’t ignore it.
Hail Resistant Shingles
Finally there are exciting new products to consider when you live in hail-prone states like Colorado.
There is a roofing shingle that stands up to hail. The new F-Wave REVIA™ premium synthetic roofing shingles come with a class 4 hail warranty and are rated up to 130-mph wind speeds with a Class A fire rating. Our installation includes a 5-year hail resistance warranty. These shingles are 2.5 times stronger than leading asphalt shingles and contain no granules or asphalt. That essentially means they will never become brittle.
So if you have suffered damage this winter and are considering replacing your shingles sometime this year, consider the new F-Wave REVIA™ premium synthetic roofing shingle. This will get more out of your roofing investment. Call us at (303) 660-5133. What are you waiting for?