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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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