Colorado Spring’s winters are a difficult time on your home. Though there are many mild and pleasant winter days, at any time your home is up against ice, buffeting winds, snow, freezing rain, and more. If you want your home to stand tough – your roof has to stand tough.

Let’s learn how to maintain your roof over the winter and what you can do about the most common winter roofing problems. With a little discipline and a great roofing company you can stay high and dry no matter what Old Man Winter throws at you.

Looking out for Ice Dams

Ice dams occur when uneven attic temperatures cause snow and ice to melt off your roof at different rates. The ice melts off the warm upper sections but refreezes on the cooler eaves, leaving you with big blocks of damaging ice and icicles. There might not be anything you can do immediately for ice dams but take note so you can mitigate future ice dams from happening.

There are two main ways to mitigate ice dams – better ventilation and heat cable.
Better ventilation keeps warm air cycling through your entire attic which allows ice to melt off into the gutters instead of piling up on your eaves. In the worst cases of ice dams, you can use heat tape or heat cable along the eaves or in the gutters to melt off intrusive ice.

Clean Your Gutters

Ideally, you’ll clean your gutters before the snow starts flying but anytime they’re clean and it’s safe to do so you should check your gutters and downspouts. Clean out all debris and look for any clogs. If the project is too big, hire a gutter cleaning service. Clean and clear gutters will be able to hand snow and ice much better than clogged gutters.

Watch for Leaks

It’s a good idea to regularly check for leaks in the winter. Even small leaks can turn into major issues and checking for leaks only takes a few minutes a month. Go up to your attic space with a flashlight and check all corners and crannies of your attic. Leaks will shine back at you. Note any found leaks for further inspection and fixing by a reputable roofer.

Your Attic Tells a Story

Your attic can help determine if you’re ready for winter or if you have issues. There are two ways you can test your attic – a frost check and temperature check.

A temperature check is simply walking into your attic. In winter, your attic won’t be as warm as the rest of your home, but it should be much warmer than the outside temperature. If you’re shivering cold in your attic you likely have insulation and ventilation issues.

Another way to check on your attic is to compare it to your neighbors. On a cold winter morning look to see if your neighbor’s roofs have frost. If there’s does and yours doesn’t – your attic is too cold. Again, this is likely an insulation or ventilation issue instead of a roofing issue.

What to Do About Cold Attic Temperatures

Cold attic temperatures, frostless roofs, and ice dams are normally ventilation or insulation issues and should be handled by HVAC companies. An HVAC can perform an energy audit to find where the issues are and make recommendations on how to fix them. Your HVAC may work directly with a roofer for helpful solutions like more efficient roof vents.

What to Do About Winter Roof Issues

If your inspection found issues directly related to roofing like leaks, it’s time to call your local roofing company. A roofer can diagnose the problem and fix it to keep you leak-free all through winter. Roofers can also work directly with an HVAC company is your roof needs ventilation help.

Learning How to Maintain Colorado Springs Roof in Winter

If you regularly monitor your roof for issues like ice dams or cold attic temperatures, you’ll be ready when they pop up. For cold temperature issues talk to an HVAC company and for leaks to a roofing company. Staying on top of your roof’s health during the winter keeps yours whole family covered.

Other Recent Blog / News Posts

return to blog

How to Choose a Roof for Your Colorado Springs Home

Spring has come to Colorado Springs and though we still have a few cold weather and snowy days left, most homeowners are ready to go on projects. One of the best projects for spring is replacing your Colorado Springs roof, but there are so many styles and options – where do you start?

Secrets for a Great Colorado Springs Roof Replacement

Replacing your roof is a big deal. Though thousand of Colorado roofs are replaced every year, it doesn’t make it less of an important task. When replacing your roof there are thousands of dollars at stake, not to mention your home’s well-being, so anything you can do to turn a good roof replacement into a great one is important.

Advantages of Installing Colorado Springs Roof in Spring

It might be cold and snowy outside right now, but Colorado Springs residents know we’re only a few weeks from the spring thaw. When springs rolls around, you’re eager to start knocking out home improvement projects like replacing your Colorado Springs roof. Replacing your roof is a big project, but is spring viable for installing or repairing your roof?

New Trends for Colorado Springs Roofing in 2021

It’s cold now, but soon we’ll be into spring and summer and you’ll be ready to start improvement projects in and around the home. One of the best things Colorado Springs residents can do to arm their home against hail and increase their value is replacing their roof.

How to Get a Discount on Colorado Springs Roof

Replacing your roof is expensive. Even if you choose typical roofing materials for your small home, you’re looking at paying thousands of dollars. Those with premium roofing materials or large homes can expect to pay tens of thousands.

Colorado Springs Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

Colorado Spring’s winters are a difficult time on your home. Though there are many mild and pleasant winter days, at any time your home is up against ice, buffeting winds, snow, freezing rain, and more. If you want your home to stand tough – your roof has to stand tough.

Can I Install a Colorado Springs Roof in Winter?

If you’ve never lived in Colorado you might imagine our winters are ice cold and filled with snow, but Colorado Springs residents know that’s not the case. Colorado Springs winters can easily feature snow, ice, and single digit temperatures but there are also plenty of beautiful days in December, January, and February.

What to Do When Hail Hits in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is no stranger to strong hailstorms, but what do you when hail hits your Colorado Springs home? The first few hours and days after a hailstorm make a big difference on what happens next so let’s review what to do when hail hits your Colorado Springs...

What is the Best Roofing for Colorado Springs?

Colorado Spring’s weather can only be described as wild. At any given time of the year Colorado Springs is up against driving winds, snow, ice, extreme heat, and harsh sunshine. To keep your home protected from these elements you need a great roof.

How Roofing Warranties Work

Roofing warranties, like other warranties out there, work in two ways: You’re warrantied through the roof manufacturer and you can be warrantied through the roofer. Depending on the type of warranty and coverage you want, you may end up paying more than you...