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How To Prevent Ice Dams From Forming on Your Roof

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Nov 16, 2018 10:45:29 AM

If you have icicles along your eaves/overhangs, or ice collecting on your roof , Proper attic insulation may be the Key to help keep that frozen precipitation from building up .

Heavy snowfall can be a nice sight as it happens but there are a number of problems that can result from these storms. What do you do when you notice water pouring down the inside of your walls and the ice starts ripping off your gutters ? The key is to find a cure to the problem before it gets to this point .

Icicles form along the eaves/overhangs on your house as a result of a warm attic to heat loss through your poorly insulated ceiling . This causes the heat from the inside the house to melt the snow on the roof before the sun can melt the snow and it collects at the eaves, which are colder because there is no heat above the overhang.

Can icicles damage my house?

The result of icicles that develop along your eaves/overhangs is potential leaks inside your walls when the ice also builds up on the roof. This Buildup of ice and snow is called an Ice Dam.

The cure for this is a two-step. The heat loss can be stopped with proper insulation, usually standards are 13 inches of blown-in cellulose fiber insulation R49 is recommended.

The Other half of this cure is proper ventilation at eaves and at the ridge of the house. This is done by adding soffit vents and a quality ridge vent.

Your Insulation specialist should be able to recommend you on the number and lengths of vents needed . The typically recommended is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 sq. feet of attic space .

If you have ice dams that end up forming on your roof , best advise is to Hire a professional contractor to clear the ice , or you can risk doing considerable damage to your roof or even worse ,seriously injuring yourself .

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Tips For Your Home's Roof This Fall

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Sep 10, 2018 3:22:14 PM

Its that time of year when the weather starts to turn and get alittle cooler, the leaves start to change, and you know that its not too long before winter weather is on the way. It's also a time of year when you should be doing some home maintenance to avoid any possible damage the harsh winter months can bring to your home.

  1. Have a Roof Inspection

Many homeowners think that if they don't see any obvious problems on there roof that they don't need to get it inspected. The Problem is alot of times that roof leaks can go undetected for years. Only a experience roofer can identify any subtle issues that can turn out to be a winter disaster

2. Make Roof Repairs

If you or your roofing contractor do find any issues like- damaged, missing, or broken shingles or even pipes that penetrate the roof can get damage around the seal of the flanges. Its important to get these issues repaired or replaced immediately. If you wait to long the Snowy New England weather will arrive and you'll have to wait for a rare warm stretch during the long winter months or having to wait until spring time to address the issue. Meanwhile, the snow, water, ice, and wind are probably doing more damage to your roof that could have been avoided had you decided to fix it sooner.

3. Clean Gutters and Trim back trees

With the season changing to fall the leaves change colors before falling off the trees. Falling leaves dont just fall in your yard, they fall on your roof and make there way into your gutters and downspouts. If you don't spend the time to have your gutters cleaned, those leaves will create a problem as more precipitation falls and water can't make it into the drain spouts. Colder Temperatures with debris-filled gutters will put your home at a higher risk of Ice Dams that can damage your roof and the inside of your home. Call Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. today at 508-877-3500

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Roof Framingham

Posted by Robert Evans on Apr 5, 2014 3:54:00 PM

Boyle Bros. funeral home in Framingham discovered a leak this winter and called us to look at it, on the flat section of there building a rubber was installed over a tar and gravel roof. A half inch fiber board was mechanically fastened over the tar and gravel, the problem with fiber board in a go over application is it acts like a sponge and sucks up water before showing any signs of a leak.

In Boyle Bros. case the roof had been leaking for years from a hole in the rubber and until the weight of this winters snow squeezed the water from the saturated fiber board.

We stripped off the roof and installed a new rubber roof with half inch recovery board instead of fiber board. With a warranty of ten years on our labor and fifteen years on materials we included an inspect of the roof in the fallphoto1MA30970304 0003 resized 600photo3MA30970304 0005 resized 600photo4MA30970304 0006 resized 600

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Roof Snow & Ice Dam Removal Service

Posted by Robert Evans on Dec 16, 2013 10:58:00 AM

Roof Snow & Ice Dam Removal Service
 
Robert Evans Jr Contracting not only repairs and shingles roofs, we also help protect roofs from damage caused by the Harsh New England winters. Robert Evans Jr Contracting provides roof snow removal.  If an ice dam is present, Have the snow above it removed helping the ice dam melt away quicker. 
 
Let Robert Evans Jr Contracting take care of your roof snow safely.  Call us at 508-877-3500 and we can provide a service that will protect your roof.
 
 
What You Need to Know About Ice Dam
 
 
What is an Ice Dam?
 
Process of Ice Dam FormationWhen snow accumulates on a roof, a cycle of melting and refreezing occurs.  The warmer your attic is, the more melting will occur.  Normally, the resulting water would flow off the edge of the roof.  Under certain conditions however, when the outside air temperature is very low, the edge of the roof stays below freezing and the water refreezes when it gets to that point.  This ice then forms a line or "dam," at the edge of the roof.  As more snow melts, it also refreezes when it gets to the "ice dam," and the dam keeps getting bigger.
 
Once the ice dam gets too large, the melted snow that pools up behind it can force its way back under the shingles breaking the seal and the water finds its way into your home causing damage to your ceilings and walls.
 
How to Prevent Ice Dams
 
A good way to prevent ice dams is to lower your attic temperature by installing additional insulation in your attic area.  You can do this by laying out additional layers of insulation across the existing insulation or by having additional insulation blown in.  However, you do need to be careful not to diminish your air return by over insulating.  Without  adequate ventilation through your soffits, heat can build up regardless of the amount of insulation present in your attic.  Make sure your attic vents are not covered with insulation or any other material so that the air moves freely through the soffit vents.  The usual recommendation for venting is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of attic floor area.  If your attic lacks in ventilation, you may need to consider installing ridge vent on the peaks of your roof or cut in additional louvers.  Also, be sure and check that weather-stripping on attic stairways or hatchways are providing a good seal to keep warmth out of the attic. 
 
A common mistake made by some homeowners, is attempting to melt the snow on the roof by leaving their hatchways open to the attic.   The thought behind this is letting the heat from your home up into the attic.  This is actually the worst thing a homeowner could do.  Not only will you be throwing energy dollars away, you are actually contributing to the formation of an ice dam due to the thaw and freezing winter conditions.  As a homeowner, you should find some comfort in seeing standing snow on the roof opposed to ice dams.  Standing snow proves adequate ventilation and insulation is present in your attic.   
 
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding insulation or ventilation in your attic contact Robert Evans Jr Contracting.  We would be more than happy to assist you!
 
 
                                         Signs You May Have an Ice Dam
The appearance of water damage on ceilings or exterior walls may indicate that an ice dam has formed and water has forced it's way into your attic.  Water damage is a serious issue.  It can lead to rotting and mold growth which can cause serious health problems with people living in the home. 
 
To prevent costly interior damage caused by ice dams call Robert Evans Jr Contracting.  We will remove your roof snow too help melt away the ice that will lead to water damage.  Robert Evans Jr Contracting does not advise you to attempt ice dam removal yourself. Robert Evans Jr. Contracting is equipped with quality equipment and OSHA approved protection. 
 
 
The Solution
 
Your best defense against ice dams is removing snow off the roof to prevent refreezing after melting.  If an ice dam has formed, call Robert Evans Jr Contracting  to take care of the problem before it becomes a "bigger" problem. 
 
www.Robertevansjrcontracting.com can safely remove snow from your roof using our expandable roof rake.  If ice is present, we safely remove the ice from your roof without damage to gutters or shingles.  Using hammers or hatchets to remove ice can cause more damage to your roof. 
Schedule your FREE Roofing Assessment Today!

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Ice Dam

Posted by Robert Evans on Dec 6, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Ice Dam on roofs of buildings and houses

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Ice dam forming on slate roof

An ice dam, on a smaller scale, is a problem of house and building maintenance in cold climates. An ice dam can occur when snow accumulates on the slanted roof of a house with inadequate insulation. Heat conducted through the insufficient insulation and warm air from the attic bypasses warms the roof and melts the snow on those areas of the roof that are above living spaces, but does not melt the snow on roof overhangs.  Meltwater flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow, onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice accumulates along the eave and in the gutter. Snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the ice on the eave and in the gutter, resulting in leaks to the roof space resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation. Snow guards or snow retention systems can help prevent ice dams on some roofs. The ice that builds up on the roof can be removed by trained professionals that use special steam equipment to ensure quick and safe removal without causing damage to the roof. www.Robertevansjrcontracting.com

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Certainteed Framingham Roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 4, 2013 2:58:00 PM

This large ranch in Framingham Ma. called on Robert Evans Jr. Contracting to install a Lifetime Certainteed Landmark Architectural shingles with a Granite Gray color. WWW.Certainteed.com.

 

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New roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Apr 15, 2011 6:59:00 PM

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One such project is a roof recently completed in Framingham. Certainteed 30 Landmark shingles nailed with 1 1/4 inch galvinized roof nails over six feet of ice and water barrier and 15 lb tar paper.

There is one part of the job that is very important that a lot of roofing contractors fail at; the clean up. After the bulk of the old shingles are removed and thrown in the dumpster. It is very important to run a magnet over the grounds to remove the loose nails, especially in the driveway. Most of the time the home owners don't even notice their roof, but they do know when their grounds are a mess or when somebody steps on a nail.

 

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