Common Winter Roofing Issues


Cold weather and snow have set in along the Colorado Front Range. We depend on our home and businesses roofing to protect us from the harsh winter. Having well maintained roofing throughout the winter helps give us peace of mind even during the harshest of winter storms.

Common Winter Roofing Issues Colorado Homeowner’s Face

Ice dams and icicles are the most dangerous roofing problem a homeowner can experience in the winter. Dams form when a snow-covered roof begins the thawing process while portions remain frozen, causing leaks resulting in water infiltration into your commercial or residential building. Making sure your structure has proper insulation and ventilation will prevent ice dams from building up. Inspect drains and keep gutters clean.

Excess weight from snow and hail causes cracking and buckling when left on the roof especially if the snow is wet and heavy. Even light snow can be just the right amount of pressure to cause damage to a roof, resulting in weakness to the structure. Keep a close eye on snow accumulations.

The front range area is known for having snowfall one day and the very next day we are blessed with warm days, sun and blue skies creating quick work melting away the snow. Water is the single largest culprit when it comes to big roofing issues. Making sure your flashing is repaired in order to keep your roof waterproof. If left to fester, melting snow can get underneath shingles and cause damage. Once water gets inside your home and affects your drywall, over time, this can result in mildew and mold.

Much of Colorado’s high winds come in the winter months and many times accompanied by heavy snowfall. High winds could cause flashing to lift and can lead to shingle damage such as cracked, lifted, loose, and missing shingles, which compromise the integrity of the roof. Windy days may also damage your gutters.

Call a Local Roofing Expert if You Need a Repair

Winter is a great time of year for those of us in Colorado who like to get out and enjoy the bright sunshine and snow. Keep in mind that winter roofing can be icy and dangerous to try to navigate on your own and damaged shingles can be difficult to detect.

Save yourself the headache, whether you are looking for residential or commercial inspection or repair, Columbine Roofing is here for all of your roofing needs. Contact us today.