How Long Does a Roof Last in Colorado
Colorado weather poses a challenge for roofs. As one forecaster noted, within a single day, areas of Colorado can see rain, snow, high winds, hail, downpours, and beating sun. So, how long does a roof last in Colorado?
There are several factors to consider. Weather is a major consideration.
Colorado has cold and snow during the winter season. This is a challenge for the longevity of your home’s roof. Heavy snow and the build-up of ice pose a challenge for roofs in Colorado. During spring and fall, Colorado often receives heavy rainfall. During these seasons, leaks are not uncommon. In high-wind areas of Colorado, roof materials may be blown off. This can also cause leaks. Colorado has two hundred and fifty or more days of sunshine.
While sunshine is very appealing to people relocating to the state, it is not so healthy for your roof. With Colorado’s high altitude comes the intense sun. This can cause roof materials to crack, blister, melt, and fade. Winds are also a factor. Two things cause Colorado winds. In the winter, the difference between strong low pressure and cold, high-pressure systems produces wind. Chinook winds also develop across mountain ranges. While Colorado winds are good for wind power generation, they can be hard on roofs. Usually, winds between seventy and ninety miles per hour cause roof damage. Even gusts of only fifty miles per hour may also cause damage that requires roof repair.
The lifespan of Colorado roofs is shortened by weather conditions like sub-zero temperatures, blistering heat, hail, heavy snows, torrential rains, and high winds.
Roof Slope Challenges
Flat roofs are stylish, modern, and efficient. However, in Colorado’s snow and cold, they are not necessarily a wise choice. Low-sloped roofs have a reputation for cracking, collapsing under the weight of snow, and leaking in excessive rains.
Higher pitched roofs allow gravity to work in their favor. Snow, rain, and melting ice slide off whereas with lower sloped roofs you need an effective drainage system and a strong building structure to prevent roof damage and leaks.
Range of Roof Life in Colorado
Many things factor into your roof’s lifespan. At B&M Roofing, we estimate a Colorado roof will last between fifteen and thirty years. Manufacturer’s warranties may be anywhere from thirty to fifty years. However, these estimates depend on things like temperature extremes, weather conditions, and maintenance.
The type of roofing material is also a factor. Asphalt shingles, for example, do better in colder climates than in tropical heat.
Clay or concrete tile roofing is very durable and resilient. However, because they are so heavy, they must be installed on very sturdy roof structures. Clay or concrete roofs will last fifty to a hundred years.
The most durable roofing material is slate. It is expected to last a century or more.
Wood shingles have a lifespan of between twenty-five and thirty years if they are properly maintained. However, the roof must be kept free of moss and twigs so moisture is not trapped on the shingles. Fire is also a danger with this type of roof.
Cedar shakes are thicker than shingles. This means they are a good choice for Colorado’s intense heat and harsh cold winter weather. Wood shakes must be maintained to give them a lifespan of thirty-five to forty years.
Metal roofing is very resilient. Most metal roofing is steel or aluminum with a lifespan of fifty years. Copper or zinc roofing will last a century or more.
Why Get a Roof Inspection?
A new roof can prove pretty costly. With regular roof inspections, you can expect your roof to last longer. So, savings are significant.
Roof inspectors look for wear and tear on your roof. They can accurately estimate the life of your roof. They will make recommendations regarding necessary repairs. Certified roof inspectors can identify unsafe areas and roofing that is in poor condition. Roof inspectors will look at both internal and external components of your roof.
Roof maintenance should occur twice a year. Whether it is done by the homeowner or a certified roof maintenance company, roof maintenance will pinpoint small concerns before they become costly to repair or replacement problems.
Some roof maintenance strategies are simple. Others may require a certified roof maintenance service.
- In the spring and fall, do a check from the ground. Look up. Do you see any lifted, curled, or missing shingles? Are there damaged drip edges? Are flashings buckled or missing? Are fasteners damaged or missing? Are any gutters sagging or broken? Do you see piles of granules?
- Cleaning gutters is a job better done by roof maintenance experts. If it isn’t done two or more times a year, water can back up. This can rot fascia.
- Make sure to trim trees. Leave no branches hanging over or touching your roof. Branches can fall in the wind and damage the roof.
- When you do your inspection, look for evidence of moss or algae. Remove roof debris and overhanging branches to keep moss and algae off the roof. Make sure the attic is properly ventilated.
- Check the caulking on the flashings. If it is cracked or pieces are missing, it needs to be re-caulked. Call an expert.
- Do an insulation check in your attic. Good insulation and ventilation in your attic will extend the life of your roof. Insulation prevents the formation of ice dams and reduces moisture on your roof.
Why Choose B&M Roofing?
When it comes to roof replacement, repair, or maintenance, you want a company that specializes in roofing.
Our Colorado-owned company has recently celebrated seventy years of dedicated service. Our commitment to excellence is evident in every job we do. No roofing project is too big or too small. Each new roof or repair receives our experience and expertise.
Our work extends from commercial projects like the Denver Coliseum and Coors field to residential new constructions and emergency repairs.
B&M Roofing started in Fort Collins in 1947 as a single-truck enterprise. We now provide meticulous service to thousands of customers annually. While we’ve grown bigger, we continue our commitment to total customer satisfaction we vowed to provide seventy years ago.