Is There Too Much Snow on My Roof?

We might not realize it with the dry roofs in Denver, but the roofs in the high-country have been getting pummelled with snow massive amounts of snow this year.

Most of the time we don’t need to worry about the snow on our roofs because they are generally built to withstands the conditions around them, but occasionally we get a storm that brings much more than the typical amount. When that happens, here is a handy guide from RoofersCoffeeShop to see how much snow is too much.

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Ice dams: An ice dam is a layer of ice that forms at the edge of a roof when heat from an attic can cause snow on the roof to melt. When the melted snow reaches the cold overhang at the eave and re-freezes, an ice dam is formed. Large, prevalent icicles can be one indicator that an ice dam has formed. The key concern with ice dams is that water from melting snow can back up behind the dam and fi­nd its way under shingles, then leak into your home. Proper ventilation and attic insulation can prevent ice damming.

Roof Avalanches: In high snowfall areas, some steep sloped roofs could experience avalanches, where snow packed onto a roof releases all at once. The weight and sudden release can be very dangerous to ground areas directly below the eaves. Consider cordoning off the area to prevent injury.

Extreme weight: There are some instances where the snow load on the roof becomes so heavy that roof collapse becomes a concern. Refer to The International Business for Home and Safety’s guidelines to determine when the weight on the roof is in the danger zone. Should you need to remove snow to prevent potential collapse it’s important to call a professional roofing contractor to safely remove the load.   Via rooferscoffeeshop.com

If you any issues with recent snowfall contact our Denver roofing contractors. With many years of experience Interstate Roofing Inc. can help.

 

If you’re in the heart of Denver you might not notice it, but throughout the metro area, down to Colorado Springs, and up to Fort Collins and Greely,  there are a lot of barns. While some of them have been remodeled and restored, others sit unkempt waiting for a little bit of inspiration to restore their rustic beauty.

Colorado is home for us at Interstate Roofing, and we love looking at how these barns have been transformed over the years. We found a beautiful barn transformation from our friends at Homedit if you are looking for a little inspiration. If you are looking for help restoring your barn give Colorado Springs roofing team a call.

homedit.comBarns aren’t usually very large. We picture them as cozy little structures made of wood and with those signature doors that we love so much. However, they don’t always look like that. This old barn in England is actually pretty far from that standard image. Not only is the barn huge but it also has a massive design. Old barns are transformed into homes all the time but each time the story is different and special in a way.

This was actually a part of a large complex. It was the biggest structure there, overpowering everything around it. When its new owners purchased the site, the building was in derelict state, just like all the other smaller structures around it. Those were demolished and the wood salvaged from there was used in the reconstruction of this massive barn.

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A beautiful exterior is free of weeds

At Exterior Remodel & Design of Omaha we are experts at giving you windows, siding, and gutters that you will fall in love with, but for a picture-perfect exterior, you need the whole package.

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to keep your garden looking good all summer long. Check out some of these tips from our friends at Houzz on how to keep your garden weed free.

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In spring, gardens burst into life. Weeds do too, and they can be the bane of a gardener’s existence.

While it’s impossible to prevent all weeds, you can use a few simple strategies to keep them to a reasonable amount without breaking your back or resorting to toxic chemicals.

Build rich soil. Many weeds thrive in poor, compacted or disturbed soil, and enriching your soil can do wonders to reduce weeds.

Use some weekly elbow grease. The smaller the weed, the easier it is to get rid of. The key is to do some regular maintenance and remove weeds while they’re still small.

Get to the root of the problem. Be sure to remove the whole plant, especially if you’re removing full-size weeds.

Don’t give them space. As the saying goes, nature abhors a vacuum. Take this truism to heart in your garden.

Try solarizing or smothering weeds. If weeds are a serious problem in your garden, you may need to resort to more drastic measures.

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My favorite stair guard of all time is below. It was designed by my father, an architect, who did all the designs and drawings for remodels on my Cape Cod style home in New Hampshire

 

My favorite stair guard of all time is below. It was designed by my father, an architect, who did all the designs and drawings for remodels on my Cape Cod style home in New Hampshire

In fact, it is *best* to get a talented architect to create a traditionally-styled home since they are trained in architectural history, they understand the importance of scale and symmetry, and are most likely to create something that not only looks wonderful, but is a joy to live in as well.Via houzz.com