Roofing problems during winter can cause far bigger damages than the usual spring and summer rains. Any Littleton, CO homeowner who had forgotten to have roofing maintenance before the snow hit might see continually evolving roofing problems during the holidays. Fortunately, dependable roofers in Littleton, CO, can help you resolve these problems once the snow clears. In most cases, your roof will still recover from severe damages if you call upon repair services immediately.
Common snow problems are ice dams, which are destructive on their own. These dams can seep through your roofing materials and underlayment. If it isn't the leak, the weight will be the primary roofing damage vector. Any roof damaged under ice dam weight merits a replacement. On the other hand, minor issues can see enough progress through repairs.
Asphalt shingles have excellent resistance to snow. If you're using clay and slate tiles, your roofs have nominal roof resistance, too. Lastly, metal roofs will not turn brittle under heavy snow and extremely low temperatures. However, keep in mind that aggressive winter winds can spell the death of most residential roofs.
Midshore Exteriors has an excellent post to help you learn more about the possible roofing damages roofs commonly suffer after winter leaves. Read more about it below.
Snow Leaks – Water leaking through a roof can absolutely destroy it – in fact, it’s one of the most common things that does. When snow gets trapped on the roof, it slowly begins to melt and infiltrate the surface. The most common areas for snow to get stuck and cause winter roofing problems are around the roof line, by a chimney, or in a valley.https://www.youtube.com/embed/BJ3hEDto-2Y
Winter Winds – High wind speeds can rip the shingles off a roof any time of year. However, aggressive winter winds definitely have the habit of doing that, more so than during any other season. If your roof is in good shape, the shingles will be able to hold fast – but if your roof is old, they are very much at risk. After a strong winter wind event, check out your lawn for any shingles that got knocked loose.
Excessive Snow Load – An absolutely catastrophic winter roofing issue – but fortunately, it isn’t very common. Snow load is the term that refers to the amount of extra weight from snow your roof can handle. After a blizzard dumps inch-after-inch on an area of your roof, the extra weight can cause heavy damage. In some cases, the excessive snow load can cause the roof to collapse.
Ice Dams – Ice dams are a winter roofing phenomenon in which the snow on the middle of the roof melts, gets stuck in clogged gutters, and re-freezes. This creates a large dam of solid ice on the roof edges that keeps melted snow from draining away. With nowhere to drain, this melted snow tends to leak right into your roof, causing real damage. Roofs with clogged or blocked gutter systems are much more susceptible to ice dams – so this is just another reason cleaning your gutters is a necessary fall chore. (Continued)
If you have yet to find an excellent roofer, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.