Even though a catastrophic hail storm has not come through the Denver metro area in the past 2 years, it is imperative to have a qualified roofer come and inspect your roof annually. This damage is not obvious to the untrained eye and is not easily noticed when a hail event does pass through. The longer the damage sits untouched the greater chance for corrosion. Massive winds over the last six months have caused severe damage to roofing and drainage systems across the metro area. To prevent costly future problems, it is important to have your roof inspected annually with a professional residential roof inspection targeting these six key points.
Roof Ridge Caps
On traditional sloped residential roofs, the ridge cap is where two sides of the roof meet at the top of the home. It is a large seam that is vulnerable to leaks and damage when exposed. The ridge cap prevents snow, rain, pests and other animals from sneaking their way in and causing more damage.
Due to ridge caps being located at the highest peak of the roof, they take a beating first. Natural wear and tear caused by fallen tree limbs, baking in the sun and broken shingles, are things your contractor will look for when they begin their inspection. Other causes of damage include poor installation, improper maintenance and too much walking on the roof.
There are three types of valleys on a residential roofing system, opened valley, closed valley and woven valley. They all function the same way, guiding water from the roof into valley troughs. Without valleys the roof will become puddled with water, leaves, dirt and other debris, creating safety hazards and damage. Although they are designed to do the same thing, each type differs in appearance, cost and functionality. Your contractor will inspect them for damage and see which options best suit the roofing system you have if a replacement is needed.
The roof is your home’s main defense against harsh climates and natural elements so it is crucial to keep it clear of debris. Hurricanes and tornadoes have the strength to break off tree limbs, fencing, shingles, vents, panels and even exterior components of a home. Extreme rain and winds also cause granule loss, bruising and roof punctures.
Furthermore, a roof cleared of debris reflects the sun’s rays and keeps the home from overheating in the summer. If built up debris is left to soak in the heat, holes will begin to form on the roof. This greatly affects the heating and AC systems, causing discomfort and creating large energy and repair bills. Hiring a professional to do an annual roof inspection avoids issues caused by debris, leading to quality energy efficiency and lessens the need for air conditioning to keep the interior space at a cooler temperature. With today’s inflation and higher energy rates, this is a great way to save money in the long run.
Clogged Drainage Systems
A leaking roof is not always caused by damage to the roof itself, clogged drainage systems can also play a role. A roof drain can become clogged with debris causing a back-up of water that flows over the flashing and into the attic of the house. It then seeps into the ceiling and walls, creating much more damage. Your roofing professional will do a thorough inspection and take steps in clearing the system by snaking it, hosing it, brushing the pipes and cleaning the roof drain itself.
Raised Shingles Around Roofing Penetrations
Roof penetrations are spread across every residential roof by design. Roof vents, utility pipes, electrical conduit, satellite dishes, HVAC curbs and chimney flashing are a handful of reasons for penetrations. A roof penetration punctures the building envelope, and if not properly sealed, can allow rain and wind in. Your roofing professional will inspect the materials used for flash penetrations, pitch pockets and any work done by non-roofing professionals such as plumbers or satellite installers.
Affected Pipe Jacks
Residential roof penetrations have roof jacks to wrap around vents, pipes and other penetrations to seal around them preventing water intrusion. The leak pipe jack, lead pipe jack and the rubber neoprene pipe jack are a few examples. The rubber neoprene pipe is often used by roofing contractors, new construction builders and handy-men. With a lifespan maxing out at 15 years, extreme heat and ultraviolet ray exposure causes this inferior product to fail long before the roof needs to be replaced. Should replacements be necessary, a professional roofing contractor will do a thorough inspection and recommend the best systems that fit your roof structure and design.
Annual roof inspections are designed to help homeowners keep money in their pockets and add value to their home equity overall. To receive a complimentary inspection contact a Kapella Roofing professional today and see what an annual roof inspection can do for you.