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Three Ways Winter Weather Affects Your Roof


It’s not news that winters in Colorado can be harsh. The low temperatures and wet weather take a toll on more than just our well-being, they take a toll on our homes. From energy efficiency in the form of windows and weather strips to ensuring that our pipes and trees are safe from the freezing temperatures, we do quite a bit to prepare for the winter weather. With that being said, we have one question that we’d like for you to answer genuinely: When was the last time that you thought about your roof during the winter?

For most of us, our roof is the sturdy, reliable piece of our home that will protect us from wind, rain, snow, and harsh temperatures, but we must understand that our roofs are not indestructible. In fact, winter weather can affect your roof in some serious ways. 

In today’s blog post, the team at Denali Roofing, your Top Rated Local® Roofing Company, is going to go over a few of the ways that winter weather can have a negative effect on your roof. If you’ve noticed any of these signs prior to winter really settling in, make sure to contact our team so that we can get you taken care of as soon as possible. 

Damage from the Wind

Again, we don’t always think about how some of the elements are affecting our roof, but the wind is without a doubt the type of weather that we most often overlook. Even though it may not be quite as damaging as hail, it does still affect our roof quite a bit. 

Wind damage is extremely common here in Colorado, especially during the winter. When winds are high, roof shingles can loosen or be entirely blown off the roof. While it may not seem like a big deal, if this wind is accompanied by any moisture (be it in the form of rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc.), there is a chance of the foundation of your home getting damaged, which is a much more expensive and extensive repair project than a few loose shingles. 

Damage From the Snow

The element that most of us anticipate to do damage to our roofs during the winter is snow. Given that we are talking about winters in Colorado, it shouldn’t be too surprising that this is something that you have to worry about. Snow, while light and fluffy in the process of falling, is actually extremely heavy when packed down. Whether it’s a dry day and the snow has packed down to create ice or there’s quite a bit of moisture in the flakes coming down, you need to keep an eye out for the condition of your roof. 

Gutters were designed to take a bit of the pressure off roofs, both literally and figuratively. As snow melts, it should make its way to the gutter which will then drain it down to the ground. If, however, your gutters do not drain quick enough, your roof may be exposed to more snow/water than it can carry, which is where water damage and shingle repair come in. If your roof winds up damaged from a build up of snow, contact Denali Roofing, and we’ll get you taken care of as soon as we can.

Water Damage

The last type of damage that we’re going to talk about is water damage. Water damage is easily the thing that a majority of homeowners worry about in regards to their roof, and winter is the time of year where worry is at an all time high. The transitioning of seasons around this time of year (August through November), can call for heavy rain, giant sized hail, sporadic snow storms, and the like. With that in mind, there are various forms of water that your roof is going to be exposed to pretty regularly. 

Water damage can quickly happen if, for example, your roof has experienced damage from a hail storm earlier in the year, or you haven’t cleaned out your gutters in a while and you know that they’re sure to pool over. These types of instances may seem harmless, but the buildup of water or vital pieces of your roof being exposed to moisture can drastically affect the well-being of your roof. 

If you’re in need of any roof repairs before the season settles in fully, make sure to contact Denali Roofing so that we can get you taken care of as soon as possible. 

Contact Denali Roofing

Winter is quickly approaching, is your roof ready? Now that you know about the top two winter weather conditions that can cause damage to a roof, it’s time to ensure that yours is ready for the cooler seasons ahead. Denali Roofing in Fort Collins would love to work with you and schedule a time for a basic consultation on the condition of your roof. Our team’s experience and extensive knowledge in roofing can help you prepare for the winter ahead. 

Whether you have a question or you’d like to schedule your free roofing inspection, reach out to Denali Roofing — we are always here to help!


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