Rooftops exposed to yearly snowfall and ice can develop ice dams over time. Technically, an ice dam is an accumulation of ice at the roof's edge. It prevents moisture from draining off rooftops, forcing water up shingled surfaces. As a result, moisture seeps beneath shingle tabs and into structural wood. Essex County roofers can work with homeowners to prevent ice dam occurrences with basic preventive maintenance checkpoints.
Traditionally, clean gutters create poor ice dam conditions. Contractors should clean gutter lengths several times a year for the best drainage flow. For instance, professionals could visit in the middle of autumn. They'll remove any blockages at the roof's edge, making it difficult for ice dam formation to occur. Typically, gutter debris slows water flow off the rooftop. As a result, these areas may form ice barriers. In contrast, flowing water into clear gutters rarely freezes solid.
In general, most rooftops safely hold about 4 feet of fresh snow. Snow removal is rarely necessary, but it can help a home with persistent ice dams. Ideally, contact roofers to remove any snow or ice off the structure after storms clear. Roofers use specialized rakes to protect roofing materials from accidental damage during the removal process. In fact, professionals can actually evaluate roof materials for possible damages as they push snow off surfaces.
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As a result, this wintertime evaluation prevents moisture damaging the home between service calls in fall and spring.
Roofs have ventilation shafts just underneath wood decks. These shafts must be evaluated throughout the year by professionals to keep them clear. Typically, constant air flowing through the shafts encourage steady temperatures across the roof surface. As a result, ice dams can't form. Snow simply melts of the structure at a steady pace as temperatures rise in the spring.
Alternatively, maintain steady rooftop temperatures with attic insulation. Contact reputable roofers and ask about spray on insulation. This material adheres to attic ceilings to keep the roof at a uniform temperature while contributing to a more comfortable interior. Prevent ice dams by reducing hot spots along the rooftop.
Ideally, homeowners should use these recommended ice dam prevention tactics before turning to alternative solutions. Heat cables, for example, are warm wires laid across a rooftop surface by professionals. In response to ice formation, cables warm the area and melt away the moisture. However, heat cables don't treat ice dam causal factors. If contractors suggest cables as a primary solution, for example, homeowners should seek out other professionals for advice.