Ice Dams on Your Roof
When and How Does an Ice Dam Form and Preventive Measures to Help Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof:
How it Forms
- Indooor heating rises through the ceiling into the attic and warms the roof surface. Snow on the heated part of the roof metls and flows down until it reaches that part of the roof that is below 32 degrees. The water freezes into an ice dam.
An Ice Dam Might Form When
- There is snow on the roof
- Average outside temperature is below 32 degrees
- Roof surface temperature is above 32 degrees at its higher end (begins the thawing) and below 32 degrees at its lower end (creates an ice backup in the gutters because the ice is backing up)
- The ice dam grows as it is continually fed by the melting snow above, but water held by the dam backs up and stays liquid. Eventually the water finds cracks in the roof covering and flows into the attic, from where it could seep through the ceiling and interior walls
How to Prevent Ice Dams or Ice Back Ups
- Additional Insulation in your attic space can help slow down the quick release of hot air through the attic and slow down the melting process.
- Installing ICE GUARD as underlayment along gutter lines, valleys and penetrations can also help. Ice Guard is a petroleum based product that has a sticky backing that adheres to the roof deck. When nails penetrate this material as the roof is applied, the ice guard self-seals itself around the nails, making it water-proof.
- Heat Coils can be installed along your gutter lines, valleys, trough and gutter systems to prevent icing from taking place.
- Note, unfortunately an Ice Back Up is an act of nature that is hard to remedy. None of the above measures can be guaranteed against ice back up, but in several cases have definitely solved many ice related leaks and issues.
How Does One Choose a Reliable Roofer?
Roofing is a non-licensed trade in the Tri-State, unlike plumbers and electricians, and that means anyone with a truck, ladder and a hammer, could call himself a roofer. To make sure you are getting a quality installation:
- Choose a company that has been in your community for a long time
- Check with the Better Business Bureau or Angie's List
- Request and check references, particularly in your neighborhood
- Ask if the company provides complete replacement and repair services to existing roofs or do they just do new or replacement roofs
- Ask about solutions for excessive energy consumption and how to prevent premature aging to your roof, (cellulose insulation and proper placement of ventilation products).
- Ask about a company's inspection team that checks each job for quality, workmanship, site care and follow-up after job completion.
- Ask about both materials and labor warranties that they offer. (The latter is where most problems develop).
- Verify that they are fully insured with workmen's compensation and liability insurance
- Always request a written estimate and explanation of work to be completed before beginning any repair or replacement on your home
- Ray St. Clair Roofing is a locally owned family business operating in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 50 plus years.
Workmanship Key To Roof Replacement:
You might think the most important decision in replacing a roof is the material selected, whether it is metal, asphalt shingle, wood shake, composite or slate. YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK AGAIN!
"There are a lot of quality materials out there," says Kevin St. Clair, VP of Ray St. Clair Roofing, "but even the best materials, if installed incorrectly, can leak immediately."
The key is the workmanship - the right application and a knowledgeable person assessing leaks or problems. If that person is not an expert, homeowners may find themselves at the end of the job in the same boat with the problem not resolved.
Call Ray St. Clair Roofing for a professional opinion that you know you can trust and depend on.
Ray St. Clair offers roofing repairs and replacements, siding, window & door replacement, skylights, gutter and gutter helmet, chimney repair and rebuilds; and any needed insulation, ventilation and replacement and/or additional vents needed tohelp your overall roofing needs. Ray St. Clair Roofing is your Home Enhancement Specialist. Top to Bottom, Wall to Wall, Neighbor to Neighbor! www.raystclair.com
Don’t Replace It—Clean It.
What Are Those Black Streaks Anyway? Roof shingles, in years past, used to be made of asphalt: today they are made of fiberglass and limestone. Algae, moss, fungus and mold are all in the air and land on your roof, feeding off your roof shingles. This not only affects the appearance of your roof, but damages it as well. Left untreated, your roof may be heading for a very early replacement!
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