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Can You Work on a Roof in the Snow?

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Understanding Roofing Challenges in the Winter Season

The weather is starting to cool and before you know it, snow will begin to fall. Colorado is known for its beautiful, and sometimes harsh, winters. While you may want to keep the cold out, Mother Nature may have other plans. Winter weather is notorious for causing leaks in the roofing. It’s no surprise that homeowners experience winter damage when the snow starts to fly. Many construction options aren’t available during the winter, let alone in the snow. But can you work on a roof in the snow?

Understanding the Risks

Safety Hazards:

Increased risk of slipping and accidents due to snow-covered roofs.

Visibility Issues:

Snow can obscure roof features like skylights and vents.

Weight Concerns:

Accumulated snow can add significant weight to your roof, posing structural risks.

Temporary Solutions

Emergency Measures

Roofers can install tarps to protect your roof until conditions improve.

Roofing in Winter: Feasible and Sometimes Necessary

During a snowstorm, or when there is snow on the roof doesn’t allow for much work to be done on roofs. Not only is it harder to work in the snow, but it’s significantly less safe. The snow is a variable that requires a ton of preparation. Slipping on a roof is highly dangerous, and much easier to do when there is snow on the roof. If the snow is thick it may be harder to see different things on your roof that you could run into, like skylights, roof drains, and vents. The wet and cold conditions can also make roofing more difficult since more specialized gear is needed.

Roofing with snow on it can also cause weight issues to your roof. Heavy wet snow can add between 24,000 and 48,000 pounds of extra weight to your roof. On top of the snow, having roofers up there could easily cause your roof’s weight limit to be exceeded. That could lead to your whole roof caving in under the pressure. While working on roofing in the snow isn’t recommended, many roofers will come out to put down tarps to help protect your roof from the snow until it is safe to be worked on.

Tackling Winter Roof Problems

Ice Dams:

These can cause improper drainage and leaks.

Snow and Ice Impact:

The freeze-thaw cycle can aggravate existing roof damage.

Roofing Services During Winter

Roof Repairs and Replacements:

Essential roofing work can be safely conducted by experienced professionals.

Local Roofing Expertise:

Colorado-based roofers are familiar with regional weather patterns and can effectively plan roofing projects.

Navigating Roofing in Snowy and Winter Conditions

Roofing in the winter is absolutely possible. Winter can cause unique issues with your roof. The most notable issue winter can bring is how to remove ice dams from the roof. Ice dams are a layer of ice that forms at the edge of your roof. They can cause water to not properly drain off of your roof and lead to leaks. The way snow and ice melt can also uniquely flow through pre-existing damage you may not know you have. Cycles of melting and refreezing can exacerbate problems tremendously over the winter season.

Winter Roofing: Essential Repairs and Replacements

In Colorado Springs, roofing repairs, and even replacements, are not only doable but sometimes required during the winter. It’s best to get a local roofer who understands the unique weather of Colorado so they can properly plan how to get your roofing project finished. However, if you can get a roofing inspection in the fall to ensure your roof is in great condition, you probably won’t need to worry about your roof all winter.

Preventative Measures and Pre-Winter Inspections

The Importance of Fall Inspections

Early Detection:

Identifying potential issues before winter can prevent major repairs.

Seasonal Readiness:

Ensuring your roof is in optimal condition for the harsh winter ahead.

Hennessey Roofing: Your Winter Roofing Partner

Professional Roofing Expertise:

Specialized in both inspection and installation of roofing suited for Colorado’s winters.

Stress-Free Roofing Service:

Committed to providing professional and hassle-free roofing services.

Ready to Assist:

Contact Hennessey Roofing for a free estimate or to schedule an inspection to prepare your roof for winter.

Working on a roof in the snow is less than ideal, and preventing further winter roofing damage in Colorado Springs until the roof can be safely worked on is better. During the winter, however, you can definitely get your roof worked on. The best way to prevent your roof from needing work during the winter is to get an inspection before the snow starts to fall. Whether you need winter repairs or a whole new roof, we believe that a Colorado Springs roofing contractor should offer a professional and stress-free service. Hennessey Roofing is an expert at inspecting and installing roofing and can get started right away. Call us today to schedule your free estimate or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in contact shortly!