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Common Colorado Winter Roofing Issues

Common Colorado Winter Roofing Issues

Wintertime is a chance to slow down and appreciate the quiet beauty of falling snow and long, chilly nights. But if you’re not prepared, winter might also mean trouble for your roof and your home.

In particular, the weather we experience in Colorado — with dramatic temperature shifts and heavy snowfall — can lead to serious roofing problems. But if you know the warning signs and how to address winter roofing issues as they arise, then you’re in a good position to stop them from causing serious damage.

Here are some of the most common Colorado winter roofing issues.

Poor Ventilation

A poorly ventilated attic can lead to issues like condensation, mold and mildew buildup, sagging roof decking, and ice dams on your roof. Any accumulation of moisture in your attic can also lead to rust on metal materials like nails and metal support brackets.


With heavy snowfall comes the potential for roof leaking in winter. If snow accumulates on top of your roof and just sits there, you might be at greater risk of leaks developing. In particular, you may experience winter storm damage that leads to damaged shingles or leaks around your metal flashing. This could mean you need roof repair in winter, which is not ideal.

Ice dams

Ice dams form on your roof or in your gutters when there’s an imbalance in temperature, often as the result of poor roof/attic ventilation. Here’s an example: snow melts during the day but clogged gutters prevent the water from properly draining away. Then it freezes, creating even more drainage issues and backs up into or on materials that should not have sitting water. This can cause damage to your shingles and roof.

Neglected Repairs

If you’ve been putting off roofing repairs for some time, you might be in trouble during the winter season. Maybe you noticed a missing shingle after a spring hailstorm, or you haven’t had a roof inspection in years so you don’t know about some hidden roof damage. If you’ve neglected important roofing repairs, they may surface during these cold months, and that could mean you need to have work done on your roofing in the winter. To help prevent further damage from forming, follow these winter roofing tips.

Trust Us to Solve Your Winter Roofing Problems

Your best bet for keeping your roof in good condition is to take care of winter roofing issues as they arise. Get in touch with a trusted Colorado roofing contractor like J&K Roofing. With almost 40 years of roofing experience in the Denver Metro, Front Range, Colorado Springs, or Northern Colorado areas, our team can handle any roofing project — even in the cold winter months.

Click here to get in touch with us today, or give us a call at 303-425-7531.

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