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​Colorado Springs Roofing Tips: How to Deal with Snowstorms

January 4, 2017

Everyone has a different opinion of snow. Some people love it and think it adds a touch of winter to the Rocky Mountain backdrop while others could do without it clogging up traffic and making a treacherous drive into work. Whether you like it, love it or if you happen to hate it, if you live in Colorado Springs, you’ll need to learn to deal with it. One of the great things about weather in Colorado is it can turn around in the matter of 24 hours. With more than 300 sunny days per year, snow can melt quite quickly which can take a toll on your roof. During snowstorms this winter, be sure to check on your roof by using these tips from your local roofer.

Too Much Weight on the Roof

Your roof can typically handle some weight on it. Normal snow events that may have a few inches here and there are no reason to worry. It’s when you near a foot of snow, is when you need to worry. In addition, if snow doesn’t melt right away and stays packed on your roof, you may want to clear it if you believe there is about a half of a foot up there. Make sure you handle this with care and precaution, or contact an expert. Last, sometimes you might have an ice event. You need not be concerned unless there is about an inch of buildup. In this case, you will need to consider getting some of this off as it can cause dangerous added weight to your roof or gutters. Check out This Old House’s How to Get Rid of Ice Dams to learn safe methods of ice removal. Again, when in doubt, consider hiring an expert.

Check and Clean Gutters

Gutters play an important role not only with your roof, but your home. They take the water that has trickled down from the slope of your roof and directs it away from your home. This helps to prevent foundation issues and other problems. When gutters become clogged, this is when things can become issues. For starters, the more weight added to gutters can lead to the risk of them falling and breaking. Next, any debris in your gutters can prevent them from doing their job. Ideally you can check them a few times in a season but keep an eye on them year around. If you live around trees, it is especially important to pay attention to make sure they aren’t getting clogged with leaves and twigs. During large snowfall events, you may want to keep an eye on them to make sure they are handling the weight. If you find they are beginning to bow or fill up quickly in a light rain storm, you may want to clear as soon as possible.

Roof Maintenance

All year, be sure you are keeping up on your roof. In addition to clearing out gutters, inspect your roof every season for issues. This could include curling or cracked shingles, breaks around flashing (the materials around corners such as your chimney), build-up on the roof and anything else that looks suspicious. Depending on the age of your roof, you may qualify for a new roof covered by your homeowner’s insurance.

When it comes to all your roofing needs, you can trust the experts of K1 Roofing & Restoration. We are a professional licensed and insured company serving the front range of Colorado. To get started, contact us at 303-335-7370. Be sure to bookmark our Contact K1 Roofing & Restoration page so our 24-hour emergency line is readily available in case of an emergency.