The spring season is loved for the flowering trees, lush green grass, and clear blue skies. But, spring also brings high winds, thunderstorms, and hailstorms. These harsh weather conditions can take a toll on all types of property, but your roof is particularly susceptible to weather damage.
Shingles make up the outer layer of many roofing systems. This means that the shingles are the first part of your roof to become damaged in many cases. So, as storms pick up this spring, it’s crucial to keep your shingles in mind to identify roof damage.
Read on to learn about the most common types of spring shingle damage that require Denver roof repairs.
Here in Denver and across the state of Colorado, severe hailstorms are common in the spring. In fact, as one of the states included in “Hail Alley”, Colorado experiences more severe hailstorms than most other areas of the United States. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that roof hail damage is a common problem for Denver homeowners.
Dents are one of the most common types of hail damage to affect your shingles. When hailstones fall onto your roof, the impact may leave a dent in your shingles. Of course, not all shingle materials are likely to dent, given that some offer greater durability. Asphalt shingles, however, often become dented in severe hailstorms, when the hailstorms are large enough or backed by enough force to leave a mark.
While dents do diminish the overall strength of your Denver roofing system, they’re not the worst type of spring roof damage to occur. Cracks and punctures create a higher risk of a roof leak, given that they expose the inner layers of your roof.
Sometimes, impact from a hailstorm or other object will cause not just a dent in a roof shingle, but a crack. When the surface of a shingle is fractured in this way, it leaves the layers of your roof below the shingles at risk of further damage.
Cracks in roof shingles can be identified as lines across the surface of the shingles. The cracks weaken the structure of the shingle, making it more likely to break or fall off of your roof completely.
Shingle cracking splitting can occur in the springtime as a result of shifting temperatures. When temperatures fluctuate, roof shingles may expand and contract. Specifically, shingles expand in warm temperatures and contract in cold temperatures. Colorado is known for its unpredictable temperature fluctuations, so expansion and contraction in roof shingles is a prevalent issue.
Splitting is a type of thermal damage. This makes it different from cracking, which typically occurs as a result of impact.
During the spring, when storms and high winds are more frequent, the outer layer of granules found on asphalt shingles is particularly vulnerable to damage. Whether due to wind, impact, precipitation, or any number of other factors, the asphalt granules may fall off of the shingles. These granules typically end up in the gutter downspouts, or even in your yard.
The outer granules on asphalt shingles protect the shingles from the sun’s harsh UV rays. This layer is essential to preserve the durability of your roof. So, after the mineral granules have worn away, your roof will be more likely to incur other types of damage.
In the spring, your home’s landscaping comes to life. This is excellent for the look of your exterior, but if your trees aren’t properly maintained, it could mean trouble for your roof. Overhanging branches may scratch and dent your roof, especially when it’s windy. If an overhanging branch breaks, which is common in a thunderstorm or hailstorm, it’s likely to fall onto your roof and create a problem. The best way to avoid this type of spring shingle damage is to make sure that your trees are pruned once winter ends, with overhanging branches trimmed back and away from your roof.
Maintaining Your Roof This Spring
Scheduling a roof inspection this spring is a great way to identify and address any damage with trusted Denver roof repairs. For your Denver roofing needs, contact Clearwater Exteriors today.