As residents of Northwest Colorado, we see our fair share of snowfall every winter. From Vail to Steamboat Springs, the typical season on the Western Slope brings with it over 200” of snow! Add in living at a high elevation with over 300 days of sunshine, and the melting and refreezing of snow, which turns to ice, and our roofs can start to see lots of damage from ice. Berlet Roofing has been repairing roof ice damage for over 20 years in North West Colorado, and there’s a reason why we have such a long tenure in this neck of the woods: we are the industry leaders in not only repairing your roof ice damage but also helping you prepare your roof for the winter season and working directly with your insurance provider on your claim.
What Does Ice Damage Look Like?
The snow that accumulates on your roof starts to melt when the sun is shining, and temperatures rise above 32 degrees. Then when the temperatures drop again, the runoff freezes, creating ice, which can damage your roofing materials. Another risk of ice accumulation is the development of ice dams. Gutters can also fill with snow that melts and refreezes, creating ice, which weighs down the eves and generates a lot of excess weight on your roofing system. Preventative maintenance is crucial during the winter months to help avoid costly repairs further down the road.
What Does Ice Damage Look Like?
Ice damage mostly affects your roofing materials and your gutters but can also lead to your roof leaking. Ice can warp and pull off roofing materials, such as shingles, compromise the integrity of your roofing materials, and create bare spots on your roof that allows for moisture to get in. Your gutters can also become warped and get pulled off by roof snow slides and hanging icicles. Roof ice damage can also lead to the formation of ice dams. The actual weight of snow can also damage as the typical roof is only designed to sustain about 20lbs per square foot.
Ice Dams + Roof Snow Slides
An ice dam is a crest of ice that forms along the edge of your roofing system as the result of melting snow draining off of your roof and refreezing along the edge. The dam can hang all the way to the ground! While hanging icicles may look beautiful, they are actually detrimental to the longevity of your roof. Roof slides can occur when there is too much snow on your roof, and the temperature of your roof begins to rise (either from the sun, outdoor temp, or home temp) and loosens the snow load which results in the snow sliding off your roof. Both ice dams and roof snow slides not only damage your roof but also pose a huge safety hazard along the perimeter of your home!
How Does Berlet Roofing Repair Ice Damage?
Berlet Roofing will come to your home to perform an in person and on roof assessment. Before winter hits, we can perform preventative maintenance on your roof. During the winter months, we can do roof snow and ice removal, inspect your attic for condensation, inspect your home for leaks, and repair any damage to your roofing materials as needed. If your roof is damaged from ice, we not only do the repair work ourselves but also work directly with your insurance company to facilitate the claim on your behalf!
How does Berlet Roofing Prevent Ice Damage?
The best way to prevent ice damage to your roof is to be proactive before winter hits. You want to make sure that your roof is prepared to handle the snow and ice for the upcoming winter by getting an inspection with Berlet Roofing and have our team repair any existing damage.
Here is How Berlet Roofing Does Preventative Maintenance:
Attic inspection for proper insulation
Roof inspection for proper ventilation
Inspect overall quality and status of roof condition
Roof snow removal
Install heat tape
Roof ice damage is a very common problems in North West Colorado, but luckily the team at Berlet Roofing is the area leader in roof ice damage repair! Call Berlet Roofing to get your FREE no-obligation roof inspection and assessment today!