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Denver Roofing Company Explains Common Signs of Winter Roof Damage

January 31, 2020

Temperatures will be warming up before you know it and that means it’s time to start thinking about home improvement projects and repairs. Winter can be an especially hard season on your home’s exterior. Between the snow, ice, and cold, your roof and siding see a lot of abuse. When those materials are compromised, your home is at risk for major issues like mold growth and even insect infestations. The best thing you can do is learn to recognize the warning signs that it’s time to schedule a Denver roof repair appointment. Here’s what you need to watch for.

Excessively Humid Air in the Attic
When your roof is damaged, either with an active leak or missing roofing materials, it loses its ability to protect your house from the elements. When this happens, condensation and moisture can collect inside your attic, making the air more humid than it otherwise would be. When combined with heat from the sun and your HVAC system, that moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. Check the attic before spring is in full swing. If it feels overly humid or you notice a strange damp, musty smell, call your roofer immediately. 

Bubbling Paint
If you don’t have an attic, detecting those early signs of roof damage inside your home can be a bit tougher. That doesn’t mean they’re not noticeable. Take a look at the ceilings in the upper levels of your home. Does the paint seem like it’s in good condition or do you see some discoloration or bubbling around some spots? If you do, it’s likely because of a leak in your roof. As moisture builds up, the paint starts to shift and pull away from the sheetrock. If you notice anything that looks out of place in the paint, call your roofer. The sooner you get the leak fixed, the less likely it is for the water damage to spread and threaten the structural integrity of your space.

Gutters Pulling Away
Under normal conditions, your gutters should sit flush against the side of the house. But as winter ice and moisture starts melting off your roof, it can slip between the gutters and freeze. When this happens repeatedly, it can push the gutters away from the sides of your home. Take a walk outside on a sunny day and take a look at your gutters. Are they still sitting flush with the siding or do they look like they’re sagging or pulling away? If they are, don’t panic. Just schedule a roof inspection as soon as you can. Leaving the issue alone only increases your risk for water damage to the siding possibly even the foundation of your home. 

If you’ve noticed these common signs of winter roof damage or are just worried about the way your roof looks when you walk around the exterior of your house, don’t wait. Contact our team and schedule a free roof inspection. If anything is wrong, we’ll help you get things fixed quickly.