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How to Prepare a Roof for Heavy Wet Snow

Understanding the Weight of Spring Snow in Colorado Springs: Impact on Your Roof

Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas receive an average of 57 inches of snowfall per year. That’s over double the national average of 28 inches. Most snowfall surrounding Colorado Springs during the winter months powder your roof in a light dusting. This type of snow usually melts quickly and leaves little to no trace on your roof. This is not always true for the snowfall in the spring months in Colorado.

The Reality of Winter Roof Damage in Colorado Springs

Spring snow in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas often weighs close to two pounds per square foot. For a 2,000 square foot roof that amounts to an extra 4,000 pounds per inch of snow. Colorado Springs receives spring storms that can dump 6-12 inches of heavy, wet snow at a time. This can add between 24,000 and 48,000 pounds of extra weight to your roof and be particularly dangerous for older roofs. This amount of weight regularly causes roof winter damage in Colorado Springs.

Potential Risks of Heavy Snowfall to Your Roof

Before we dive into the preparation steps, let’s understand why this matters.

The Weight of Snow

Pressure on Your Roof:

Wet snow is heavier and can put significant pressure on your roof structure.

Risk of Damage:

If not properly managed, this can lead to roof damage or even collapse.

The Ice Factor

Ice Dams:

These can form when snow melts and refreezes at the edge of your roof, leading to potential leaks.

How to prepare a roof for a heavy wet snow

The experts at Hennessey Roofing understand that those numbers not only add stress to your roof, but they add stress to your mind. We are often asked, “How do I prepare my roof for the heavy, wet snow?” The good news is, there are a few ways to help your roof continue to protect your family and your home.

1.) Clean Away Snow Between Storms.

One storm can add as much as 48,000 extra pounds of weight to your roof. Don’t let multiple heavy, wet snowstorms accumulate on your rooftop. Between storms be sure to clear off as much snow from your roof as you safely can using a long broom or shovel, a ladder, and a spotter.

2.) Inspect Your Roof Before Major Storms.

Sometimes the best defense against a heavy, wet snowstorm is a good offense. Contact a professional and stress free roofing contractor in your area to schedule a free roofing inspection. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. This applies here.

3.) Repair Existing Damage Before Major Storms.

If you’ve been waiting to fix your damaged roof, now’s the time to move forward. Our team specializes in residential roof repair and commercial roof repair and we want to help you before your roof needs to be replaced.

Why Regular Roof Maintenance is Key

Routine maintenance is not just a fall activity; it’s a year-round necessity.

Preventative Care:

Regular checks can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

Longevity of Your Roof:

Well-maintained roofs last longer and perform better.

Hennessey Roofing: Your Partner in Roof Care and Safety

Choosing the right contractor for your roofing needs is vital, especially in preparation for winter.

Our Promise to You

Expertise in Roofing:

Our team is skilled in both installation and repair, tailored for Colorado’s unique climate.

Quality Service:

We don’t just fix problems; we provide long-term solutions.

Peace of Mind:

Knowing your roof is prepared for heavy snowfall is priceless.

Final Thoughts: Be Winter Ready!

Preparing your roof for heavy, wet snow is crucial for the safety and integrity of your home. By following these steps and working with trusted professionals like Hennessey Roofing, you can rest easy knowing your roof is ready for whatever winter throws at it.

Don’t wait if you think your roof might be damaged. Hennessey Roofing offers free roof inspections in Colorado Springs and the nearby areas. Reach out to us today!