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How Colorado Weather Affects Roofs

Colorado weather is tough on roofs. Between the large temperature fluctuations throughout the year, damaging storms and the mile-high sun, Colorado weather affects roofs in several ways. These can significantly shorten their lifespans.

Colorado Weather and Roofs

Colorado isn’t known for extreme weather, but our mix of blistering summer days and sub-zero stretches in the winter expose homes to extremes. Over time, that can take their toll on roofing materials. Watch for extreme weather events to damage your roof, and inspect your roof if you fear it suffered weather damage.

  • Ultraviolet Radiation:

  • The most extreme weather condition in Colorado is present every day of the year. Just like it’s easier to get sunburned in Colorado, it’s easier for the sun to damage your roof. With fewer ultraviolet rays filtered by the atmosphere, your roof soaks up more of the UV rays that degrade it. Expect your roof to deteriorate faster than those in similar conditions at sea level.
  • Humidity:

  • Humidity, or the lack thereof, can also affect your roof. When coupled with the sun’s harsh glare, our dry air can accelerate the decay of asphalt and shake shingles.
  • Summer Storms:

  • The Front Range and Eastern Plains are both known for sudden blasts of extreme weather. These storms frequently generate 60-mph winds and hail. Storm damage isn’t always immediately visible, so call a qualified inspector or estimator to take a closer look at your roof after a storm.
  • Ice:

  • Our warm winter days are great for melting driveways, but the resulting overnight freeze can damage roofs when they don’t feature adequate drainage. Poorly draining rooftops – including roofs with gutters clogged with debris – lead to ice dams, which can damage roofing.
  • Snow:

  • More of an issue in the high country than along the Front Range, the weight of snow can damage your roof or the home underneath it. Correctly pitched roofs will usually shed most snow, though it may be necessary to remove snow from your roof when accumulation is particularly heavy or wet.

Colorado weather affects roofs all year long. If you fear your roof is succumbing to the climate, call B&M Roofing of Colorado today at 303.443.5843 or use our Free Estimate request.