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What You Need to Know About Winter Winds and Denver Roof Repair

November 14, 2018

Denver is well-known for its windy weather. While spring is by far the windiest season of the year along the Front Range, it’s not uncommon for storms to bring windy conditions during the winter. Unfortunately, these windstorms can wreak havoc on your roof, forcing you to schedule emergency maintenance with a Denver roofing company. We want you to be prepared for everything that winter can bring. Here’s what you need to know about those winter windstorms and how you can reduce the risk of severe roof damage this year.

Why Windstorms Occur

Windstorms are a result of changing weather patterns across the state. When a high-pressure system moves across the mountains, the colder air interacts with the warmer air of the valley, resulting in high winds that sweep across the city. Though these winds are often accompanied by snow, they don’t have to be. Sometimes, all we see is a period of high wind, bitter cold, and virtually no snow.

What Winds Can Do to Your Roof

Windstorms are particularly dangerous to your home’s roofing materials. A strong gust can slip between roof shingles and the underlayment, causing them to lift away from the roof entirely. They can also carry flying debris, cause tree limbs to break and fall on the roof, and even fill your gutters with leaves, dirt, and debris. The more damage that’s done, the more vulnerable your home is to pest infestations, leaks, and structural issues. 

After the Storm

Once the winds have died down and the storm has passed, head outside and visually inspect your roof from the ground. Look for missing shingles and roofing nails on the ground and check the roof line to see if any shingles are warped or bent. If anything looks out of place, don’t try to fix it yourself. Schedule an inspection and let a roofing contractor assess the damage.

Unfortunately, wind damage may not always be visible from the ground. Once on the roof, your roofers will be able to determine if the shingles were damaged by flying debris or uplift. If any damage is found, they’ll be able to make the necessary repairs quickly so your home will be safe and ready for the next snowstorm. 

What You Can Do

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your roof from experiencing severe wind damage. Schedule routine tree trimming for any branches or limbs near the roof. Pick up leaves and debris in the yard every week or two to reduce the amount that will come into contact with the roofing materials. Additionally, stay up-to-date on roof maintenance. The better maintained the roof is, the less vulnerable it will be to damage of any kind. 

If your roof has been damaged by a windstorm, schedule a free repair estimate with our roofing contractors. The sooner the damage is repaired, the better prepared your roof will be for future storms. At Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, we’’ll take care of the damage, often in as little as one day. Call (720) 309-9722 to schedule your inspection.