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Durango Had to Warn Residents to Clear Snow this Spring

Colorado has seen its snowiest season in years, bringing snow packs across the state well above average. A solid snow pack is always good for Colorado’s environment but too much snow near Durango and the southwest portion of Colorado has officials warning residents to get it off their roof before it causes a collapse.

When Should You Worry About Snow?

Residents in Durango need to clear their roofs but the good news for the rest of Colorado is that roofs only need to be cleared in extreme cases like the situation facing southwest Colorado. Engineers and construction companies know the prospect of heavy snow loads so framing is reinforced to handle serious weight. Unless city officials or other experts are warning that you need to clear your roof, you’re likely okay. A small layer of snow is good for your roof as it acts as extra insulation.

If your home is older, hasn’t been inspected for several years, or was built before modern building code went into place, you could face issues during extreme loads. If you hear creaking or notice a portion of your home is sagging or looks off – you need to clear snow.

How to Clear Snow off Your Roof

In an ideal world you’ll use a local roofing company to clear snow if necessary. Roofing crews have the right tools, equipment, and knowhow to get the job done safely. It’s understood that not everybody can call a roofing company is their roof is creaking at 11 at night – what do you do?

If you must clear snow off your roof, use these tips to keep yourself safe:

Stay on the ground. You can easily clear snow off a 1-story roof from the ground and most two-story roofs can be reached with an extended brush broom. You can even open windows and brush the snow off outside while your feet stay firmly planted inside.

Pay attention to your surroundings. Watch where you’re stepping and know where you’re going if you trigger a mini-avalanche.

Take your time. We know it’s cold out but don’t rush through a clearing. The faster you work the more likely you’ll get hurt. Be deliberate in your actions and know where you’re going next.

Dealing with the Snow

Durango residents are busy brushing storms off their roof but it’s only necessary to clear your roof in extreme cases. If you do have to clear your roof, try using a roofing company first. If it’s an emergency always stay on the ground, pay attention to your surroundings, and work slowly. Snow is typically a good thing for roofs but when it becomes too much keep yourself safe.

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Why Snow on Your Roof Can Be a Good Thing

Winter and spring bring snow to Colorado and this snowy season has been a doozy. Thousands of homeowners across the Front Range are watching large amounts of snow pile up on their roof and worrying if their home can take it. The bad news is abundant volumes of snow are bad for your home, but the good news is most snow is good for your home and roof. Let’s learn why snow on your roof is a good thing and when you should worry.

Snow Acts as Insulation

If you’re trapped in the winter conditions, you’re instructed to dig underneath the snow for safety. That’s because the air trapped in snow is an excellent insulator. A coating of snow is not your roof’s enemy – it’s extra insulation. Snow can help regulate attic temperatures to help you avoid condensation, drips, and other issues that come with out of control attic temperatures.

Use Frost and Snow for an Insulation Test

You can use frost and small snow amounts to judge your attic space’s insulation. Look at your neighbors’ roofs – do they have frost? If you neighbors have frost on their roofs and you don’t (on the same side of the roof) you could have poor insulation and ventilation. Meet with a local HVAC company if you’re having frost-less issues.

Snow for UV Damage

Ever heard of reflective roofs? Snow on the roof provides a barrier to reflect possible UV damage, acting as a reflective or ‘cool’ barrier. Limiting solar exposure even for a few weeks annually over several years can add several months and possibly years to your roof’s useful life in the end. Let the snow stay.

When Is It Too Much Snow?

Because Colorado experiences heavy snow and winter storms, modern building code requires Colorado homes to handle it. Most homes can take a surprisingly large amount of snow before they begin to compromise. Homeowners should only clear snow off their roof when it’s putting their homes in immediate danger or if your local jurisdiction has warned you to clear snow. If you do need to clear snow, reach out to a reputable roofing contractor first – they have the training and tools to safely clear your roof – you don’t.

You might worry when snow is piling on your roof but as long as your home’s not creaking – most snow is good for your roof. Use the frost test and watch for condensation to keep your home happy and regulated this winter and spring.

Notorious Colorado Roofing Scammer Sent to Prison

Colorado is filled with excellent roofing contractors who do an excellent job but there are undoubtedly some scammers. Luckily for homeowners those scammers are usually brought to justice as is the case for Jeffery Masias. Colorado Fourth District Federal Judge Gregory Werner sentenced Masias to a four-year prison sentence for taking more than $300,000 from 18 different people with no work performed or intent to perform. The judge declined the defense’s request for probation and chose a sentence between his options of two to six years. Masias had pleaded guilty to felony theft.

Masias took several thousand dollars from Colorado residents over a period of two years for jobs including bathroom remodels, deck maintenance and repair, and roofing. Masias ran his haphazard construction company as Masias’ Innovative RAC and did business under other entities.

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department revoked Masias’s Innovative RAC’s contractor license in December, 2018 before filing a lawsuit against him in the Fourth Judicial Court for unlicensed work and continued contracting without a license. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) also revoked Masias’s accreditation after receiving 17 complaints in a two-year period.

Masias cost dozens across the Pikes Peak Region tens of thousands of dollars including a couple who paid Masias $58,000 for a deck project but were forced to pay another contractor an additional $40,00 to complete it. Masias had made several excuses for the delays and mishaps but the judge wasn’t hearing any excuses handing down the four-year term.

Finding a Reliable Roofing Contractor

It will take years for Masias’s victims to recoup their losses, but you can avoid hiring a scammer by following a few simple steps:

  • Read Online Reviews – Online reviews are a wealth of information on how a company operates. A few bad reviews aren’t cause for alarm but if the company ranks poorly across different review sites – they are no good for your roof.
  • Check Licensing and Insurance – Your roofing contractor must be licensed with your local city and carry liability insurance.
  • Check the BBB – Check that your contractor is accredited with your local BBB. Look for an A+ rating for the most confidence.
  • Get Personal Referrals – Before hiring, ask potential hires for references and referrals. Talk to their previous customers for a unique perspective into how the roofer operates.

Jeffery Masias is a good example of everything that’s wrong in the roofing industry but there are more good guys in roofing than bad. Use the steps above and more to only hire the best roofing contractor.

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Is Spring a Good Time for Roof Replacement?

Spring brings showers, flowers, and the heralding of summer. Spring also brings plenty of new projects left over the winter. If having your roof replaced is one of those projects, can you make it happen in spring? Let’s learn the advantages and drawbacks of roofing in spring, and how to find out if spring is the right time for your roof replacement.

Advantages of Spring Roof Replacement

Light Schedule

Roofing companies often have light spring roofing schedules. Summer is the most popular season to replace your roof but if temperatures are nice – spring is perfectly optimal too. It’s much easier to choose a specific window with the light schedule of spring roofing.

Slower Work Process

Because the pipeline of work isn’t stacked, the crew will be more deliberate with your job. A crew from a reputable company will do a great job regardless but spring increases your chances of a more thorough and quality replacement.

More Communication

The slow spring season brings an added benefit of more communication with your roofing company. It’s easier for a company to quickly and efficiently answer your questions when the phone isn’t ringing off the hook from summer storms.

Disadvantages of Spring Roof Replacement

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material, but they can’t be installed in all conditions. Asphalt shingles require a temperature threshold around 40 degrees to properly cure and adhere. Optimal temperature isn’t always in the cards in spring which will cause delays in your project.

Your job can also be delayed due to spring’s wet weather. Early spring brings both snow and rain that can keeping falling up until May. If you need firm dates on your project’s start spring is not the time to do it.

Lastly, because summer is the most popular roofing season, companies are firing on all cylinders. Summer brings full crews, full consultant staffs, and the attitude to make your job happen quickly and efficiently. In spring some roofing companies are waking up from winter and may not be operating with a full staff.

Getting the Lowdown on Spring

There’s an easy way to tell if spring is the right time to replace your roof – just call your local roofing company. A local roofer knows the perfect time and conditions for your replacement and can let you know if you should wait or if it’s time to get moving.

It’s Springtime for Roofing

If you should replace your roof in spring depends on many factors but if you like short lines and ample communication – spring time is a great choice for most of the country. Give your local roofer a call to figure out your unique spring roofing situation.

Ice dams on house

Colorado’s Weather Causing Problems for Denver Roofs

Denver and Colorado’s Front Range has seen extreme weather in the tail end of the winter and the beginnings of spring. While late winter and early spring are typically Colorado’s snowiest months, the sheer amount of snow and extreme cold is unusual for this time of year – and it’s causing problems. Let’s learn what types of problems come with the recent weather and what you can do about them.


If you notice abundant moisture in the attic or spot slowly-developing leaks and drips you could have a condensation problem. Condensation is caused by runaway attic temperatures that cause water to form in your attic like it does on a glass of ice water. Condensation is linked to poor ventilation or insulation. If you see condensation in the attic it’s best to call an HVAC company before calling a roofer.

Ice in the Gutters

Dangerous chunks of snow and ice in your gutters and eaves, commonly known as ice dams, can cause a host of problems. Like condensation, ice dams are most often caused by poor ventilation and poor insulation. These factors cause the snow to melt at different rates and pile up at the eaves of your home instead of draining correctly. Talk to an HVAC company for ice dam problems.

Other Leaks and Drips

Damage from ice dams, condensation, and other-winter caused drips and leaks can cause sizeable damage if not addressed right away. Check your attic after the worst of winter has passed to make sure you’re aren’t seeing any leaks or moistures. If you do, have them addressed by a local roofer immediately.

Too Much Weight?

Many Denver homeowners are worried about the weight that all the snow brings with it but snow on the roof is normally not a problem, Denver homes are built to tolerate heavy loads of snow and ice without buckling. Attempting to clean your home of snow can be very dangerous. Only clear snow off when you hear moderate to severe creaking or believe the integrity of your roof is close to done – and only use a local roofing crew to do it. Your local roofer has the knowledge and equipment to safely clear your home of snow.

There are many unique problems our snowy and cold winter and spring brings to Denver roofs but there are easy ways to keep yourself protected. Get your home insulated and ventilated, always check for leaks after big storms, and only clear snow if necessary. With these tips and the help of your local roofing contractor you’ll be ready for whatever enemies Colorado’s bizarre seasons can throw at it.