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5 Signs You Need a Roof Inspection This Winter 

Will Your Roof Make It Through Winter?  
Here are the Top 5 Signs You Should Get a Winter Roof Inspection:

Regular roof inspections can help you get the most out of your roof and increase its lifespan. A roof assessment can help you identify and repair small problems before they become more severe and costly. In some cases, winter weather can cause existing roofing problems to become worse. Here are some signs that you should get your roof inspected this winter:  

  1. You have signs of water damage. Some obvious signs of water damage to look for are stained or blistered walls and ceilings. Also, be aware of any mildew or musty odors coming from your home. This can be another sign that your home has water damage resulting from a roof leak. If you notice any of these signs or suspect your roof is leaking, you need to request a professional roof inspection immediately. When your roof is compromised, the freeze and thaw cycles that occur during winter make damage worse. 
  1. Your shingles have granule loss. One of the most easily identifiable indicators of roof damage is granule loss. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you can tell if you have granule loss by looking around the perimeter of your home and by checking your gutters. You will be able to see the granules on the ground or filling your gutters as they fall from the shingles. In severe cases, you may notice that your roof shingles appear darker as the layer of asphalt beneath the granules become exposed. You might even notice smooth black spots on your shingles. Granule loss leads to rapid deterioration of an asphalt shingle roof. It also leads to roof leaks and interior damage if left unchecked. A leading cause of granule loss in Colorado Springs is hail and weather damage, but age and manufacturer defects also cause this to happen. 
  1. You notice a draft. Do you notice any cold spots or drafts in your home? This is a sign that your roof is failing as warm air is allowed to escape. In this case, your roof is either worn from old age and years of enduring the elements, or it has storm damage. If your home is drafty, you should address the issue immediately. This type of roofing problem leads to expensive energy costs due to the loss of warm air circulating within your home. 
  1. You have missing, broken, or curling shingles. Your shingles are your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Missing, broken, and curling shingles indicate severe roof damage or wear and tear due to age that will only get worse. It is only a matter of time before roof leaks will occur (if your roof isn’t already leaking) if any of these signs of damage are present. Protect your home from winter storm damage. Schedule a repair or replacement immediately to avoid roof leaks and costly repairs later on.  
  1. Your roof is prone to ice dams. Do ice dams frequently appear on your roof during winter? It’s time for a roof assessment. Ice dams lead to roof leaks and interior water damage. Additionally, they can lead to gutter damage, and they can even loosen your shingles. Ice dams usually indicate that your attic is poorly insulated. Your roofer can help you identify the cause and find ways to prevent ice dams from forming in the future.

You don’t have to wait until spring to take care of your roof. Schedule a roof inspection this winter to prevent roof damage from getting worse and more costly. Give us a call at (719) 487-7663 or contact us online today!  

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