Winter is the most difficult season for Denver roofs. They’re up against extreme temperatures, gale-force winds, snow, ice, and a slew of other foes. Because the roof is one of the most important components in keeping your home warm and comfortable, every Denver homeowner should be familiar with basic winter roof maintenance tips. For Commercial and Residential Metal Roofing in Denver, call the experts like All Seasons Roofing and Restoration.
Let’s go over 5 winter roof maintenance tips for Denver and how to keep your home safe when the weather turns bad.
5 Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Denver
Watch for Ice Dams
Ice dams form when the snow melts at different rates on your roof, resulting in a buildup of ice at your home’s eaves. Ice’s freezing and thawing cycle can cause leaks, push roofing material away, and be an annoyance to any homeowner. It’s easy to blame ice dams on clogged gutters or other problems, but the majority of ice dams are caused by inadequate attic ventilation and insulation, not by faulty roofing or gutters. Uneven attic ventilation causes your home to be warmer in some areas than others, resulting in ice dams and buildup.
Check Your Gutters
Ideally, you should check your gutters during the winter when there is no snow on the roof. Clogged gutters can exacerbate ice dams by preventing water and moisture from flowing through the proper channels. Put the ladder up or hire Roofing & Restoration Services in Loveland, Colorado to inspect and clean your gutters (and downspouts) before snow begins accumulating.
Check Your Attic
When it’s cold outside, go to your attic. While your attic should not be excessively hot, it should also not be the same temperature as outside. Ice dams are much more likely to form if your attic is too cold or not circulating enough air. Check for leaks as well during your attic inspection. Whip a flashlight around the entire roof to ensure you’re leak-free and ready for the winter. If you notice any signs of moisture, make a note to contact a roofing company.
Frost is Your Friend
Another way to see if your attic is properly ventilated is to compare your frosty roof to the roofs of your neighbors. A frosty roof indicates that cold air is condensing on the roof, indicating that your attic is warmer than the outside. If there is no frost, it could be a sign that your attic is too cold. If your neighbors’ roofs are frosty and yours aren’t, it could be a sign that you have a poorly insulated or ventilated attic.
When in Doubt, Get Inspected
If you have ice dams, poor ventilation, or inadequate insulation, your first call should be to a roofer. All Seasons Roofing and Restoration can help with winter leaks and alleviate ventilation issues during roof replacements. Roofers can work with you to find a solution by adding or reorganizing ventilation.
Getting Your Roof Through Winter
If your roof is in good condition, your home will be in good condition as well, ready for whatever winter throws at you. To get your home watertight and warm, talk to All Seasons Roofing and Restoration about ice dams or cold attic space, and a roofer about any winter leaks. Call (970) 227-3651 today or fill out the contact us form to get a free estimate.