When it comes to choosing your proper Denver roofing material there are several considerations to keep in mind. Denver hosts a wide variety of elements that would like nothing more than to puncture, peel and crack your roof. We will take a look at some of the different elements that are more likely to affect Denver roofing and what you can do to protect yourself against them.
Snow and Ice
Denver and the surrounding area is known for being susceptible to blizzards, driving snow and ice. This poses a threat to Denver roofing. These forces can peel and warp shingles, create ice dams and put too much pressure on a roof causing leaks. There are options for diffusing the likelihood of snow and ice damage.
One of the most important factors in choosing anti-ice roofing is making sure the roof is well insulated. Certain companies such as CertainTeed make Winterguard underlay to help lessen ice build up. Clay and concrete tiles, and slate roofing also tends not to hold onto snow and ice.
The summer and hail storm season begins in Denver around April and can run all the way through Summer. Most hail storms are more of a nuisance than anything else but it is not uncommon to see large, solid damaging hail appear a few times during the season and really put a hurt on Denver roofs.
There are some good options when it comes to defending yourself against these ice bullets. Impact-resistant shingles have been proven to withstand even the nastiest of hail. They are modified shingles with layers of fiberglass or thin material instead of felt. They are less likely to peel, crack or shatter and can even qualify you for discounts on your insurance premiums.
Wildfire is a threat in the Denver metro and should be considered if you are more prone to wildfire danger. Wood shingles should never be used if fire is a real threat. Many jurisdictions don’t allow them to be installed anymore. Instead check for materials with superior fire ratings. Once again, clay tiles and slate are an excellent option. If they are too expensive, there are several asphalt roofing options that hold superior fire ratings. Look for something rated as “Class A” for your roofing needs.