Replacing your entire roof is costly and the best way to avoid a full roof replacement is to prevent roof damage whenever you can. Roof leaks can seem small, but if they are not repaired, they can cause a lot of damage.

Learning about the most common causes of roof leaks can help you maintain your roof and save you money on full roof replacements. Here are the top 7 things you should watch out for.

1. Hail

Northern Colorado can have some nasty hail storms that can cause lots of roof damage in their paths. These chunks of ice can pull off shingles, crack tiles, and more. You should always look for loose shingles on the ground after hail.

2. Cracked Flashing

Roof flashing is just the material that’s used over joints in a roof to prevent water seeping in. Sometimes small holes or corroded spots develop and those are easy fixes. Sometimes the problem is more extensive. It?s hard to spot cracked flashing, but it is a common cause of problems. New homes may experience cracking as they settle.

3. Loose & Damaged Shingles

High quality, professionally-installed shingles, like the ones we use at Crazy Horse Roofing, are usually very resistant to wind and water. Not all roofs are made for such conditions, though, and shingle damage is a leading cause of leaks.

4. Damaged Vent Booting

This rubber lining joins your vents and roof to keep out water. Over time, the material can deteriorate and allow moisture through. It?s hard to see this booting, but a professional can spot the problems quickly.

5. Ice

Ice damage, especially ice dams, can be pretty serious for your roof. The expansion during freezing can loosen shingles and cause separation.

6. Skylights

Skylights are beautiful additions when installed properly. If they fit poorly, however, they can lead to serious leaks and drafts in your home.

7. Blocked Gutters

When debris fills your gutters, they can?t redirect water properly (these also contribute to ice dams!). The result could damage your roof and even the foundation of your house.

When you need help with roof leak repairs in Northern Colorado, contact us for your free estimate!

Crazy Horse Roofing specializes in roofing and gutters in Northern Colorado, and we believe in treating every customer like they are family. We know how important your roof is in keeping your home and your family protected and safe, so we will do whatever we can to make sure your roof is safe, strong, and sturdy.