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How Snow and Ice Can Impact Your Roof

You rely on your roof to protect yourself, your family, and your home from inclement weather and nature. Loveland, Colorado, sees an average of 46 inches of snow each year, and with winter on the way, it's essential to keep your roof in good shape. We at 970 Services Roofing of Loveland have compiled a list of how snow and ice impact your roof in ways that affect its longevity.

Damage to Gutters

You might not think clogged gutters are that important, but clean gutters are essential all year round. When you have clogged gutters filled with snow, ice, and other debris, icicles begin to form. While icicles are nice to look at, they have weight to them, which can pull the gutters away from your roof and damage your roof.

Freezing and Thawing

We've all experienced days when warmer temperatures thawed snow enough to melt a little, only to freeze overnight, causing hazardous road conditions. Due to the weight of snow and ice on your roof, tiny cracks begin to form, allowing water to seep in. When the water refreezes, it expands the gap, allowing more water into the crack. The freezing and thawing cycle pries open your roof slowly, and water finds its way inside your home.

Ice Dams

If you have enough ice on your roof, it can form an ice dam. When the snow on your roof melts, the water runs down to the edge of the roof, where it freezes. Eventually, the water backs up, refreezes, and causes an ice dam. An ice dam can damage your gutter and the roof flashing. The flashing on your roof is a thin piece of metal located at seams that prevents water from entering at seams and joints.

Stress on Roof

Many people forget that the accumulation of fluffy, weightless snowflakes adds a lot to your home's roof. The heavy weight of snow on your roof, even more, if there's ice, can damage the roof's integrity, causing leaks and cave-ins.

Tree Branches

Snow and ice accumulation doesn't just put extra weight on your roof but on nearby tree branches too. This additional weight bends the limb and brings it into contact with your roof, causing damage when it sways in the wind. If the limb breaks, it causes even more damage to your roof.

Don't let Loveland's snowy weather get the best of you this winter. Our team of licensed roofing contractors are prepared for any roofing challenge. Contact us today for a free inspection, no matter if you have a roof with ceramic, metal, or asphalt shingles.

  • I can’t recommend 970 Services enough! We had extensive hail damage & Andrew Golding came out & was so kind, grace filled & helpful. We had a hard time dealing with insurance & they partnered with me on the process making the roof replacement the easiest part of our hail damage experience. A++ you can’t go wrong! I absolutely would hire them again in a heartbeat.

    G. Lynn Avatar G. Lynn
    September 20, 2023
  • We are very pleased with 970 Services work and their customer service. Our roof was damaged from hail and needed to be replaced. Aaron worked with our insurance supplemental team and ensured we got the full amount that was owed to us. He also made sure the work was done correctly on our roof with a post inspection. Very professional and friendly. Thank you 970 Services for all your help! Definitely recommend!

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    September 19, 2023
  • Steve and his crew have done several projects at our house (water remediation, painting, plumbing, minor electrical, etc.), and I would use them again in a heartbeat. They are professional, responsive, and do top quality work. Their detailed estimates show where every penny goes, and they let you know if something needs to change. It's a great feeling to know that I can reach out to Steve if there's a problem, and he'll find a way to solve it.

    Crystal Phillips Avatar Crystal Phillips
    August 23, 2023
  • We had a water leak from our hot water heater and our insurance company recommended 970 Services. I cannot tell you how great they were. Steve scheduled us quickly, did a very thorough inspection of damages, set up drying equipment and got things headed in the right direction. He then coordinated all necessary sub contractors for drywall, flooring, and even requested to be present when the insurance adjuster arrived so that they couldn’t skimp on us. This is the company you want to work with and I will never call anyone else! Thank you Steve & 970!

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    April 11, 2023
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