As we get closer to winter, now is the time to make sure you roof is ready for the ice and snow to come. Here are a few things to check yourself to assure your roof is ready.
Clues in the attic
Before going out to check on the roof from the outside safely, climb up to the attic and check for the following:
- Water leaks – Using a flashlight, look for dripping water and signs of condensation. Be on the lookout for water stains on your attic’s ceiling, walls, and floor.
- Ventilation – Faulty attic ventilation is a cause of many winter roof problems. Check to make sure that your attic vents are clear of debris.
- Animal damage – Birds and other small animals, such as bats, squirrels, and raccoons, can wreak havoc in your attic. If you see any nests or droppings (they don’t have to be fresh) or signs of gnawing on wood, insulation, or wires, contact a pest control professional immediately.
- Structural damage – If you see any visible damage, such as sagging in the roof, schedule a roof inspection and repair as soon as possible.
Signs on the roof
If the attic checks out, check on the state of your roof safely, from the outside.
- Roof damage – look for patches of loose or missing roofing; these are areas where your roof is vulnerable to the elements. Depending on the material your roof is made from, look for curling, cracking, and loss of granules (for asphalt shingles) or cracking and holes in the material (for tile and metal).
- Shingle granules – Specific to asphalt shingles. If you’re seeing a lot of shingle granules in your downspouts and gutters, your shingles are likely near the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced.
- Damaged or missing flashing – Check around chimneys, roof vents, roof windows, and skylights for cracks or gaps in the flashing.
- Clogged gutters – make sure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, contact us at 303-763-9114.
Cupping, Curling, and Clawing Shingles
Cupping, Curling, or Clawing shingles on your roof are a sign that something is wrong. Cupping is when the center of the shingle is concave or depressed, so the tile forms a cup. Curling or Clawing is when the edges turn up or down, even if the center is flat. Some causes include:
Normal Wear and Age
Cupping, Curling, or Clawing can be a normal and expected sign that your roof life is coming to an end.
If your roof is not particularly old, but you see Cupping, Curling, or Clawing in your shingles, it may be because of harsh weather such as: hail, changes of extremes in temperature, and/or moisture.
Poor Roof Ventilation
Proper ventilation can increase the life of your roof. Make sure to have proper airflow and ventilation in your attic. Failure to do so can cause premature Cupping, Curling, or Clawing of your shingles.
Installed by a Pro
Make sure your shingle installation was done by a GAF Master Elite Certified, Owens Corning Platinum Preferred, or CertainTeed Pro roofing company!
“Project Manager Spotlight”
“Project Manager Spotlight”
What is a Project Manager? Well to see what that is, lets understand who are behind the titles. Meet Kenneth Oatman. Ken, is 48 years old and has been in the roofing industry since 1988. Ken enjoys scuba diving, sky diving, and fishing. Ken is almost a part of the Masonic brotherhood. Why do our customers love Ken? Well not only is he G.A.F certified as well as OSHA 40, Ken cares about our customers. Just ask Jennifer!
We sat down with Jennifer and asked her about her experience with Ken and Interstate Roofing.
Q. How long have you lived here in this community?
A. “I’ve lived here for 21 years
Q. How did you hear about us?
A. During our last storm, Ken approached my house and introduce himself. Unlike other roofing companies who approached me that day, Ken was not only professional but extremely knowledgeable.
Q. What made you decide to go with us?
A. Well as I stated before, a lot of these storm chasers only come to our neighborhood after a storm. Ken’s approach with looking professional and his ability to explain how Interstate Roofing has been in business for 25 years and how Interstate Roofing is locally owned and operated, gave me a sense of trust. You hear all the time how roofing companies will come from out-of-state and close shop within three to six months. How are they able to offer a warranty?
Q. How was your experience with Ken?
A. Ken was honest, professional, and a true expert. His ability to keep an open communication with me always, was huge for me. Whenever I would call or text Ken, he would respond to me right away. Ken told me a crew would be at my house to start replacing the roof by the 21st of August. When I woke up that morning at 7am, that’s exactly what I saw; a crew. Not one person but an actual crew with a dumpster and everything needed to complete my roof.
Q. What do you feel that separated Ken with other roofing companies you’ve worked with in the past?
A. Well I was in the middle of refinancing my house when the storm hit. My mortgage company told me that they will place a two week hold on the appraisal inspection because of the hailstorm but the roof was a major part of the inspection. Not knowing if I was going to lose value or even be able to replace my roof in time, I was worried. Then I met Ken, I explained to Ken the situation of the refinancing and he assured me that he will be able to have everything done and replaced before the deadline. Ken kept his word.
Q. Would you recommend Interstate Roofing to your friends or neighbors?
A. I already have, there is a difference between out of state storm chasers and roofing companies that care about their community. Interstate Roofing is one of those roofing companies that cares and will be here long after the storm.
While all roofing materials are designed to provide durable protection to the building they cover, not all materials can stand up to the elements for the same amount of time. Here are some of the most durable materials provided by a Fort Collins roofing company that you can use:
- Slate – natural stone is among the longest-lived materials available today, making slate roofs the most durable type of roofing that you can choose. The material is quite expensive, heavy and it requires professional Fort Collins roofing company installation, but if you are willing to go the extra mile and to make the extra investment, you will love the unique natural beauty and low-maintenance durability of your roof;
- Clay tiles – the second most durable roofing material can provide your home protection against the elements for 100+ years;
- Metal roofing – depending on the metal used in the panels, metal roofs can last for 40-100 years. Besides lifespan, metal roofs come with the benefit of easy installation and low maintenance;
- Wood shake – usually made from cedar, wood shake roofs add unique beauty and value to your home. Usually warranted for 20-40 years, wood shake roofs are also energy-efficient and resistant to pests, impact and all the elements, all you need to pay attention to being professional installation.
Roofs are designed and built to stand up to a lot, but prolonged heat spells can cause damage in the components of any roof. Here are some of the most common signs of heat damage on your roof:
- Damage to wood components – excessive heat might cause the wooden components of your roof to expand and crack. Expanding support beams can also stretch other components and cause damage in the flashing stripes and in the caulking;
- Damage to the shingles – shingles tend to shrink when exposed to too much heat for too long. The process can cause the roofing nails used for the fastening to pop, which causes the shingles to develop blisters and cracks.
A Fort Collins roofer can repair heat damage through the replacement of the damaged components, but if the exposure to excessive heat continues, the issues will come back, so the best way to solve the issue for good is to replace the roof with some heat resistant, reflective material, such as clay tiles. You can also improve your heat-sensitive roof’s resistance by applying special coatings to enable your roof to stand up to heat better or you can paint it to a lighter color that reflects solar heat, thus keeping the surface of the roof cooler even in scorching heat.
Gutter cleaning should be an important component of your spring roofing maintenance session – without clean, solid, clog-free gutters, your roof cannot eliminate water and excessive raining can damage the entire top section of your home. However, gutter cleaning involves work done standing on a ladder, so you need to pay special attention not only to the efficiency of your work, but also to your safety – here is how:
- Place the ladder on even ground and fasten it to the roof, too – if the ground on which you want to place your ladder is not sufficiently hard or even, you can use a wood board to straighten it. Place the ladder on the wood board and anchor it to the edge of the roof as well;
- Get the right tools – find a tool that you can use for scraping off even hard debris and also get a bucket in which you can collect the scraped-off dirt;
- Wear safe clothes – non-slip boots, comfortable work clothes and sturdy work gloves are essential for your safety while you are cleaning your gutters;
- Use your garden hose to flush off the downspouts – make sure you de-clog the downspouts, too – leaving them clogged would significantly decrease the efficiency of your gutter pipes.
If you are uncomfortable on a ladder or do not have the tools to complete this important task, call on Interstate Roofing in Colorado for all your roof and gutter services.
It is a fact of life that any paint, applied on any surface, fades over time, especially if that paint is applied on a surface that is continuously exposed to UV radiation and the effects of the elements, like in the case of roofs. However, according to expert Colorado Springs roofing companies, the right type of paint, proper care and protection can maintain the attractive color of your roof for as long as possible – here is what you should know about roof paint maintenance:
- Metal roofs are the most affected – in the case of shingle and clay tile roofs, the color is built into the material itself, therefore fading is much slower than in the case of metal roofs. Metal roofing systems are made up of panels that are painted in the factory after they are manufactured, the paint being the topmost layer on the panels, in direct contact with the elements;
- Protection is available – metal roofs might fade faster, but they are also very easy to repaint and there are many protective coating products available for preventing the process. The protective top coat also needs to be reapplied every couple of years, but the recoating process will give your roof extra protection against rust as well.
Missing shingles from a roof are an unwanted but rather common occurrence, especially in areas prone to severe storms. If you inspect your roof and discover such damage, you should have shingle repair Colorado Springs roofing companies take immediate action and replace the missing shingles, to prevent the problems caused by infiltrated water. The good news is that the repairing process is not that complicated and skilled homeowners can do it themselves, if they have adequate tools and safety equipment.
Before replacing the shingles that have blown off, you must purchase new ones. Considering that older shingles can fade in color, you should take one with you to the store and choose the best color match, otherwise the patch may be unaesthetic.
Other tools you need for shingle replacement:
- A nail puller (or a pry bar)
- A utility knife
- A hammer
- Galvanized roofing nails
- Safety equipment for working at height
Use the nail puller to remove nails and damaged shingles that may be still attached to the roof. Typically, you will notice four nails: two of them hold the missing shingle and the other two hold the shingle above it. Remove them all and put the new shingle into place. (Never put a new shingle overtop old nails, because you risk damaging it). Nail the new shingle into place, or use adhesive strips, if the shingles have them attached to the bottom.
If you are in the process of getting a new flat roof installed on your building, you have lots of great, energy-saving options that offer not only the opportunity to reduce the energy bills related to heating and cooling your building, but prolonged lifespan and resistance to the elements as well. Here are a few of your best options:
- Cool roofing products – traditionally, cool roofs were built using light-colored components to reflect the sun’s heat, thus reducing the heat absorbed by the roof and transferred into the building. Today, commercial roofing Colorado Springs CO shingle manufacturers offer special, cool products that reflect heat through the special materials they are made from;
- Special roof coatings – energy savings can nowadays be efficiently achieved in an affordable manner with the help of special roof coatings that can be applied on existing roofs to improve thermal performance. The coatings are available in brush-on, roll-on and roll-out versions;
- Single-ply membrane roofs – these roofs are installed by commercial roofing Colorado Springs CO pros using pre-fabricated sheets that are rolled out on the surface of the roof and fastened with adhesives, gravel or mechanical fasteners;
- Built-up roofs – consisting of a base sheet, reinforcement layers made from fabric and a surface layer of small stone. Choosing white or light-colored stone for the topmost layer can efficiently reduce heat exchange between the environment and the building interior.