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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.

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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.

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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.

Condensation

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.

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What Type of Underlayment is Best for Cold and Snowy Environments?

Your roof’s covering, also known as shingles, tiles, or panels, is the first line of defense in your roofing system and the most visible portion of your roof – but it’s not everything. Underneath the roof covering is a layer of waterproof or water-resistant material known as underlayment.

Underlayment helps keep your roof intact and your home dry should there be a leak in your roof covering. Many roofing experts would argue your underlayment is just as important as your roof covering.

If you live in an extreme environment that experiences significant cold or heavy amounts of snow you need to be certain you have the best underlayment to weather these conditions. Let’s learn the top styles of underlayment for cold and snowy environments.

Synthetic Underlayment

Unlike most traditional underlayment, synthetic underlayment is manufactured with plastics and other synthetic materials. Synthetic underlayment is stronger than traditional underlayment and can take much more punishment from snow and cold. There are several weights of synthetic underlayment available so match the underlayment’s thickness to the home and type of shingle.

There are even synthetic underlayments manufactured for cold and snowy environments.

Organic

Organic underlayment, known more popularly as ‘tar paper,’ is the most affordable underlayment for most roofing systems but it may not be what you want for snow or cold environments. Most tar paper is too flimsy to stomach continuous extreme weather and may fail after a few seasons. If are installing organic underlayment on your roof, make sure it is a heavy enough weight (30# for example) to withstand winter storms.

Ice and Water Shield

Ice and water shield is a specialized form of underlayment that adds extra protection to leak-prone areas of the roof like eaves, valleys, and penetrations. If you live in a cold or snowy environment, you should install ice and water shield on your home’s eaves at the least. The more severe weather you receive, the more ice and water shield you need.

If you live in the snow and cold you must be certain your roof can fight the outside elements. This includes choosing a strong roof covering but also the underlayment that goes under it. For cold and snowy environments roofing experts recommend synthetic underlayment and installing ice and water shield at areas vulnerable to winter leaks.

To get the strongest underlayment for your environment choose a local roofing company that knows the weather and the best way to protect your roof against it.

How to spot hail damage on your roof

How to check your roof for hail damage

How to spot hail damage on your roof

Checking for Hail Damage

If you live in the Denver metro or the Pikes Peak region, you may have recently been affected by large-
scale hail storms. Large hail can total roofs, siding, and your windshield, leaving you to pickup the pieces.
You have probably heard not to call your insurance agent unless you’re certain you have a claim, but
how do you know if you have damage or not? Let’s look for some common hail symptoms and what you
can to do to be certain you’re covered.

How to Spot Hail

If you weren’t home during the hail storm, you won’t know how bad the damage was but there are
other signs you can look for once the storm is passed.

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