A Common Winter Roof Collapse Concern

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It is not uncommon for homeowners to be worried about the condition of their roofs year round, and, during the winter seasons, the probability of a roof collapse is more prevalent whenever heavy snow begins to fall. One of the most common questions that homeowners ask Denver roofing contractors is how much snow weight the roof can withstand before collapsing.

Since there are so many different variables to consider, it is difficult for contractors to answer this question accurately without examining the homeowner’s roof. Each type of roof can withstand a different amount of snow, and other factors such as the type of shingles installed and how the roof is structurally designed may also be assessed. For this reason, it is always a good idea to have the roof inspected at the end of the fall in order to ensure that it is structurally sound before winter weather sets in. Additionally, there are some warning signs that homeowners are encouraged to look for.

While it might seem that the best way to examine the roof is by looking at it from the curb, some of the most accurate clues can actually be found inside the home.

Homeowners should inspect the rafters inside of the attic in order to determine whether there are any cracks or bends. They should also examine other areas for cracks, including the upper floors of the house and the drywall or plaster around the door frames. If the interior doors begin to stick instead of opening and closing with ease, it could be an indication that the house’s framing has begun to shift as a result of a structural problem. If homeowners note the presence of any of these conditions, they should consult an experienced roofing contractor.

When it comes to safe snow removal practices, homeowners are encouraged to never climb onto the surface of the roof in order to remove snow. Ice and snow can be extremely slippery to walk on, and climbing onto the roof places even more weight on it, which can cause damage to the materials. It is recommended that homeowners hire a professional company that specializes in snow removal methods. If that is not an option, then homeowners can use a roof rake to carefully scrape the snow off of the roof’s surface. However, homeowners should use extra caution when using a roof rake. Removing too much of the snow can cause damage to the roofing materials. If the shingles become punctured, small imperfections in the roofing membrane will allow water to flood into the home once the snow starts to melt.

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