Winter is tough on your roof. The cold temperatures, rain, and snow may affect its performance and damage its structural integrity. I doesn’t seem like it now, but this year winter temperatures in Denver, Colorado, are forecast to be above normal and we’re expected to get below-normal snowfall.
With many things going on this season, aren’t you wondering how your roof will hold up for the next few months? The freeze and thaw cycles of the season may lead to various problems. Here’s what winter may mean for your roof:
Condensation and Moisture Damage
When snow or ice accumulates on the roof, water may be trapped between the roof and the layer of snow or ice. If it doesn’t drain off properly, it may seep through the layers underneath the roof, causing damage.
Condensation happens when warm air meets a cold surface. Without proper insulation and ventilation, condensation may form in the attic, which leads to mold growth. Exposure to mold spores may put your family at risk of various health problems.
A roofing material expands or contracts depending on the temperature. Extreme temperature changes may result in thermal shock, which may greatly damage the roof and compromise its structural integrity.
Damaged Caulking, Mortar, and Flashing
Caulking, flashing, and mortar may crack or loosen because of the expansion or contraction of the roofing material. When undetected, water may get through the cracks or under the flashing, leading to leaks.
If you suspect leaks, it’s best to get in touch with our roofing contractor in Denver as soon as you can. We can check your roof and provide the necessary solution to your problem.
Icicles and Ice Dams
Icicles may seem nice to look at, but they are often a sign of a problem on your roof. When melted snow refreezes on the eaves, an ice dam is formed. The ice dam may eventually spill over the edges to form icicles, which may fall anytime. To prevent ice dam and icicle formation, make sure your roof has adequate ventilation and insulation.
Your roof doesn’t have to suffer during winter. Help your roof bear the cold months by making sure the exterior layer isn’t cracked, blistered, or curled. Additionally, make sure you have enough insulation and ventilation.
AquaDuct Roof and Gutters is one of the most trusted Denver roofing companies. With more than 40 years of experience, our team can help you check for problems and recommend appropriate solutions. Contact us for more information on the effects of winter on your roof and things you can do to reduce or avoid damage.