Winter can be tough on any home or structure, especially your roof. Waiting to do any roofing repairs until after winter may create further problems to your structure. We are used to fairly mild winters along the Colorado front range, however a large snowstorm could be just around the corner. We answer 5 of your top winter roofing questions to help protect your single largest investment… your home.
What are the biggest threats to my roof in winter?
Snow, extreme temperature fluctuations and poor maintenance are the biggest threats to your roof in winter. Snow and ice can lead to ice dams which can prove to be dangerous. Ice dams can occur with the freeze and melting process that we are so familiar with in the front range. Heat rises creating melting but refeezes before snow melt can leave the roof. This can allow moisture to penetrate through lifted shingles and cause damage to the home.
Can I prevent an ice dam from forming on my roof?
In many parts of the front range, long-lasting snow and ice on your roof remain constant throughout the winter. Yes, it is possible to prevent ice dams! Attics need to be checked for proper insulation and ventilation and make sure the gutters are cleaned of any debris that may cause a blockage.
Will a heavy snowstorm compromise the integrity of my roof?
Wet, heavy snow can be detrimental to a roof and an entire home. Ten inches of fresh snow equates to about five pounds per square foot. When new snow is combined with old snow the weight of the build up can easily exceed load capacity. You may be tempted to climb up on your roof and shovel off the snow that’s been building up this winter. But don’t, It’s dangerous and you may cause more damage. Instead, contact a professional such as Red Rock Roofing to inspect your home and remove excess weight from your roof.
Can I get a new roof in the winter?
Replacing an asphalt roof during the Colorado winter is difficult, but it’s not impossible. If you choose to plan a roof installation in January, February, or March, it’s imperative that you hire a local roofing professional. Weather conditions may affect the overall timeline of the new roofing process, and be sure to hire a local roofing contractor that’s familiar with the changes in weather that the front range presents.
What roof maintenance can be performed in winter?
There are many maintenance options available in the winter months along the front range. Snow removal, flashing repair, proper ventilation of the attic, any wind damage and clearing of debris are just a handful of maintenance check list items that may need tending to during the cold winter months.
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