As a Colorado roofing company we receive calls regularly from our Colorado neighbors needing roof repairs. Roofs can develop leaks, years before a total roof replacement is required.
We perform careful inspections, diagnose the problem and offer solutions to our clients. We discuss options that include taking the least expensive route to temporarily address the problem or doing a larger, more invasive repair that may be more expensive initially but have more permanent results.
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Many roofing companies in Denver are aware that the majority of roof repairs are flashing related. A 1/8 inch flashing error is all that is needed to result in a roof leak. If this occurs at a point above a chimney, wall abutment or anywhere on the roof where the natural flow of large volumes of water is interrupted, a heavy rain may cause water penetration and interior damage. Chimney flashing, step flashing and head wall flashing are some of the first places we check for leaks. We replace flashing that has been damaged or become unsealed over time. These areas are then sealed and shingled.
Skylights are a common source of leaks. They add wonderful natural light to a room, but need to be properly maintained. We find older or improperly installed skylights that need to be re-sealed or completely re-flashed.
Pipe jacks are another common roof component often needing replacement. Over time, the sun can deteriorate the rubber on the three in one boots causing them to crack. These need to be replaced completely. We have even been called out to one house where squirrels had completely eaten the lead pipe jacks down to ½ inch from the surface of the shingles!
As a Denver roofing company, we have conducted repairs in which there is missing flashing and in some cases, flashing that has been manipulated or eaten away by birds, squirrels, rats or other furry critters seeking refuge from the elements. Wildlife is wonderful to enjoy, but not in one’s attic. We don’t address the animals, but we do fix the flashing issues that allowed them access in the first place.
Another common repair location is in the roof valley. If ice and water shield was not installed properly (or at all) in the valleys, leaks may occur. Ice and water shield is a critical component for roofs in our area and is a code requirement by some building departments. When we encounter a leak in a valley, we remove the valley shingles and correctly install the right combination of ice and water shield and valley metal, and then re-shingle the valleys. This is the best repair method, however, there are times when the homeowner insists on only applying tar to the surface of the valley because of budget restraints.
An improperly sealed vent is another source of a roof leak that can be remedied, but there can be a bigger problem resulting from poor ventilation. Improper installation of attic vents may cause an intake of moisture during storms with wind driven rain or snow. The soffit vents and roof vents are supposed to work together in balance. There are times while roofing in Denver that we see a poor design in which roof vents are installed without soffit vents. This causes the roof vents that were designed to exhaust air to inadvertently draw air, rain and snow into the attic space. The ventilation system properly designed will have intake vents at the lowest part of the roof and exhaust vents at the highest part of the roof. One of the solutions when we find this arrangement is to remove the roof vents or have a handyman install soffit vents. We have been called out to homes where the architectural design of the roof prevents any ventilation. This can have disastrous results and an engineer would need to be consulted. While we are a licensed roofing contractor, we’re not engineers or architects. We can safely say that poor ventilation is a serious problem and will often lead to premature failure of a roof system.
Furnace Vents can have issues over time, but a licensed HVAC contractor is the person to call for issues with Type B Furnace vents. Colorado Springs roofing contractors are not allowed to work on these.
Winters are beautiful, long and exciting in Colorado, especially along the Front Range. Because we have so many warm sunny days sandwiched in between our cold snowy ones, Colorado roofing contractors are able to work year round. Making good judgement calls on which days to work around fluctuating temperatures is the key. Not everyone has mastered the art of doing this. We perform several kinds of roof repairs in Denver and Colorado Springs simply based on the fact that roofs were installed on days that were too cold.
Shingles have sealant strips to hold the shingle down in addition to the nails anchoring them to the roof decking. If the weather conditions are poor when the shingles are installed, the adhesive on the sealant strip never activates. All it may take is for one windy day and for debris and dust to settle on the sealant strip and it may never seal properly. We are careful to install roofs at the right time. Not everyone does this.
While installing shingles nails are supposed to be flush and perpendicular to the deck. The better roofing companies in Denver and Colorado Springs install each shingle with 6 nails. The spacing of these nails, or the nail pattern, is important for the integrity of the roof system. Winter time installation requires continual changes in air pressure to install the nail at the proper depth in the shingle. When the shingles are cold, it takes more pressure to flush the nail. As the day warms up, the pressure needs to decrease. It is so sensitive to temperature that it may have to be adjusted often in variable cloud cover. Unfortunately for the homeowner, most installers are not trained to do this, so we see issues with overdriven and under driven nails. This may result in shingles being blown off in high winds.
Every winter we get calls asking us to remove ice dams. This is a precarious job and has to be done with great caution for personal safety reasons as well protecting the shingles. As the snow partially melts and refreezes, it is creating an ice dam on top of the roof that can seep through any tiny holes that may exist in the flashing or shingles. Mistakenly, people remove ice and snow with axes, picks and pitchforks all of which can easily puncture shingles. Eaves and valleys at the lower edge of a roof are common places for ice dams to form.
While on the subject of ice dams let’s consider snow removal. It goes without saying that it is important for large quantities of snow to be removed from lower sloped roofs often found on commercial buildings, apartment buildings, and condos. It is more dangerous than it looks! Roofs collapse under the weight of the snow.
With our Colorado high winds, tree branches have been known to scrape or puncture roofs. If the area is small enough, the damaged area can be re-decked as needed and then re-shingled. In the event of a tree falling on the roof, an emergency cover up or repair is most likely needed.
Poor craftsmanship and product failure are occasionally the sources of a roof repair. It is rare to have complete shingle failure, but every now and again we might see one bundle of shingles that has a defect due to issues at the plant or transportation. That area is stripped and replaced with matching shingles. If a warranty exists on the roof, the company representative will want to view the shingles in question.
If you have a significant amount of water entering your home during or after a storm, call us to request an emergency cover up or repair to mitigate against further loss until a permanent solution can be reached. Insurance companies generally cover the cost of the emergency repair and prefer their insureds take a proactive response to curtail the extent of the damages.
If you need a roof repair Denver and Colorado Springs homeowners, Contact the roof repair experts at Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC today.