If you live in Colorado, snow is a large part of your winters. You know there will be some accumulation, then a thaw, soon it will snow some more. It’s just the way we live, we love it because it because we get a chance to play in it too, ski, skate and sled. So, what about our roof. We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the one thing that protects the investment we have in our home. The roof.
Colorado Snow on Your Roof
In our last blog we talked about how Colorado weather impacts the roof, but not specifically snow. The effect it has on your roof has lots to do with accumulation. Take into effect the pitch of your roof, slope, insulation and ventilation. The pitch determines the run off effect during thawing. Good ventilation will allow for the snow to run off naturally. So, all different factors play into the way snow impacts the roof. Of course, builders in Colorado have taken much of this into account when planning the pitch of the roof during design process.
What this is all meant to prevent are ice dams, the ice that forms around the roof by the gutters. This happens when there is a thaw then immediately a night freeze. Sound familiar yet when talking about Colorado weather? The water can settle and freeze under the shingles. His can possibly cause water to drip into the attic. As temperatures vary, freeze and thaw, this can impact the water backlog under the shingle. Poor ventilation only makes this worse.
Poor ventilation or not adequate insulation, creates the moisture and condensation problems. If this happens, we suggest an immediate evaluation by a specialized roofing company. Priority Restoration can assist and inspect your home and/or business’s roof, siding, gutters, etc. without requiring any contact.
At this time, we are able to be accomplish this virtually, from electronic contracts to web-based samples. It’s easy to remain safe when dealing with our company who has many active safeguards in place.
It is a wonderful thing to note that we average 250 days of sunshine, in different cities in Colorado (this has lots to do with the proximity to the mountain areas). That fluctuation causes the extremes in temperatures during the winter months. While most times in Denver, the sun just takes care of the snow accumulation on the roof, this doesn’t always happen in different areas. This sun exposure, in itself will cause weakening of the roof system. So, it is imperative you keep an eye on the condition of your roof. Being proactive will save you money in the long run.