Living in Northern Colorado has plenty of advantages, such as the pleasant summers and excellent quality of life. It’s not all sunshine and roses, however. While you may not worry about the same roofing problems as Florida residents, the homeowners of Northern Colorado have a set of unique problems.
The heavy snowfalls and summer thunderstorms can take a heavy toll on the roof of your home, so it’s important to keep an eye on any potential issues. If you notice any damage after a storm, be sure to contact one of our professional roofers for prompt assistance.
Colorado winds can be incredibly powerful and have been known to knock down trees. Even milder winds can easily knock off branches, which can cause significant damage to your roof.
At best, you may have shingles dislodged; but at worst the tree branches can break through the roof and into your home. At this point, call one of our experienced roofers to conduct emergency repairs before any further damage occurs.
Even without trees, howling winds can severely damage roofs, particularly if the shingles were not installed correctly. Check your roof after every storm to make sure that you don’t need to do any repairs.
Most homes in Colorado have a heating and a cooling system, and poor ventilation is one of the leading causes of roof issues in the state. All ducts and ventilation found in your roof should work together to blow air and moisture out of your home and maintain the right humidity and temperature levels in the attic.
When the ventilation system isn’t working correctly, the moisture and hot air accumulate in your roof space, which can lead to major damage over time. This situation can also lead to leaks, which will cause further structural damage to the rest of the home. As the situation worsens, you’ll find that it escalates quickly, leading to costly and time-consuming repairs.
Snow and Hail Damage
Most homes in Northern Colorado are designed to withstand a certain amount of snow. There are still instances when snow can do serious damage to your roof, however.
Gusts of wind cause snow to pile up on certain areas of your roof. It adds pressure to your shingles and roof trusses, especially since these drifts tend to accumulate in lower roof areas or where the roof adjoins walls.
Colorado also has significant fluctuations between day and night temperatures, which can cause the water to freeze and defrost continuously. Wooden shingles continually expand and shrink, leading to cracks and some of the shingles loosening.
Hail is a relatively common occurrence in summer, winter, and spring and can do a lot of damage to a roof. Hail will constantly bombard your roof, which can break every part of it, from the shingles to the gutters and even sidings. Make sure that you check your roof after each hailstorm so that you can repair any damage as soon as possible.