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The Most Common Issues Your Denver Roof Will Deal With


February 1, 2019

If you are a Denver homeowner, you understand that winters along the front range can be unpredictable. Recently, our area has dealt with many mild winters, avoiding the past inclement weather scenarios that have derailed many plans and presented many issues for property and homeowners. But these winter respites can’t be counted on, as Denver is also known for dealing with extreme and intense weather during the colder months of the year. Winter can wreak havoc on your property and make a homeowner anxious with the possible damage that may be done to your roof. Here are some of the most common issues your Denver home’s roof will face.

Ice Dams


There may not be a more unsightly and unwelcome sight than to see a thick ice dam form on the top of your roof. A roof dam can lead to a number of destructive events which can cause a significant problem for you and your home’s roof. An ice dam can eventually lead to leaks and further structural damage which can become increasingly expensive the longer you avoid dealing with it. It is absolutely essential to look out for the presence of ice dams so you can adequately address it before it becomes a huge problem.

An ice dam forms due to heat escaping from the interior or your structure, causing the roof to become more warm than is ideal. As a result of a warmer roof, snow will begin to melt, which can then lead to ice forming once temperatures become colder at night. The presence of an ice dam is likely to create damage to your shingles and possible the interior of your home or office once things progress. 

Ice dams are often caused due to a building’s poor insulation, specifically in the attic. Poor ventilation and a combination of sunny weather and cold temperatures can create the perfect storm for the prevalence of ice dams. A home or business owner who is worried about an ice dam causing issues should be diligent in regards to increasing a property’s overall insulation and ventilation. This will prevent ice dams from forming, as less warm air will be escaping through the exterior and causing the roof to remain cold. If problems persist despite your efforts to insulate your home, consider calling a professional roofing contract to address the issue.

Condensation Issues


Beyond the presence of ice dams, a major issue that can present itself during the winter months for your Denver home or business are issues which are the result of condensation. While you may not initially think that your home will face problems from condensation during the colder months, this is a period of time where your home can become vulnerable to issues from mold and mildew. The presence of condensation can lead to many structural concerns for your home and can be a complicated problem once mold and mildew begin to spread and become a larger infestation within your property.

Condensation is the result of warm air connecting with a colder surface, causing condensation to form. This can be especially problematic in your home’s attic, as the warmer air in your structure will rise and eventually become trapped in the upper-areas of your home. If your home has poor insulation and this warm air is able to easily make contact with colder surfaces, condensation can eventually form, causing water droplets to form. This can lead to many other issues, including having structural elements of your property rot or become infested with mold and mildew.

In order to prevent the incidence of condensation from creating havoc for your and your family, it’s important to remember to keep these areas of your home well-insulated, so as to prevent any possibility of condensation. However, if you aren’t able to insulate these areas, you can also consider sealing off these spots to prevent the warmer air from making contact with a colder surface. If your heating ducts run through your attic, you may also want to think about insulating these ducts to reduce the incidence of moisture from warm and cold air meeting.

Icicles


Ok, icicles may be a nice decoration to see around the holidays, but to a home or business owner it is a sign of something which needs to be addressed. Icicles are also a result of warmer air and surfaces causing snow to melt, eventually freezing again in the form of an icicle along the edge of a home or business’s roof. These structures quickly lose their charm once you realize that it is a sign that may require repair. Icicles which fall off the surface of your roof can be a serious hazard to people who happen to walk underneath them.

Icicles are one thing which a home or business owner can take to addressing on their own, at least in terms of removing their presence once they form. Grab a ladder and secure it into place before climbing up to your roof to remove the presence of icicles. If you aren’t able to fully address your home’s insulation issues which are possibly causing icicles to form, you can still take preventative measures to reduce their presence. Regularly sweep snow off these areas of your roof is a big thing that can make an impact.

If you are in need of roofing services for your home or office, avoid doing it yourself and hire professional and competent contractors to get the job done. In this area, The Roof Dr. has you covered. We offer both residential and commercial roofing options for whatever your situation may be. We are a Colorado owned and operated business, and have been building roofs in the Denver metro area since 1971. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals are there to ensure the job is done as efficiently and affordably as possible. If you are need of a roofing repair or replacement, or you simply have questions about our services, contact us today!