Snow on the Roof: What You Need to Know About Colorado Heavy Snow
Snow on your roof is not always the worst thing. There are some advantages to having a light layer of snow on top of your home, but you should be aware of the possible dangers and how to avoid them.
Advantages of Snow on the Roof
Snowflakes gathered on top of each other form air pockets causing sound to become muffled. As a result, you experience a sense of quite calm. A layer of snow can act as a form of insulation, protecting your home from losing heat. How quickly snow melts can be an indication of whether you are losing heat through your roof. If you have gaps and cracks in your roof, warm air will rise and escape, causing the snow to melt quicker than conditions should allow.
Problems with Heavy Snow on the Roof
However, different roofs are designed and manufactured to handle different weight loads. Too much ice and snow accumulations on your home’s roof can put it at risk of collapse. Colorado’s wet, heavy spring snows can cause considerable pressure. Heavy snow, poor roof drainage combined with poor construction can reduce your roofs’ integrity. Over-stressed roofs will begin to creak, leak, and cause ceiling sagging. Do not delay in contacting NexGen Roofing if you see or hear any these tell-tale signs.
What to do After a Heavy Snowstorm
Colorado’s snow loads plus freeze–thaw cycles can exaggerate existing roof problems. It is a good idea to have your roof inspected for loose, unsecured roof flashing, dislodged shingles, and open gutter seams where caulk has been broken.
Roof damage can be expensive to fix. Heavy snow accumulation on your roof can lead to severe water damage, which can lead to costly roof repairs. Unfortunately, not doing routine maintenance on your roof can void warranties and homeowner’s insurance will not cover repairs and maintenance.
Your roof IS your home’s first line of defense against severe weather. Having a roof protection plan can help you avoid costly repairs, leaks and other problems related to roof damage.
NexGen Roofing’s Peak Protection Plan offers low-cost roof protection, starts with a FREE 25 Point Roof Check-up that gives you piece of mind after a snowstorm.
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Be sure your roof is ready for more spring storms.