Stay A Step Ahead, Keep Your Roof Protected From Winter Ice Damming.
Regardless of your roof being old or new, it requires a certain amount of maintenance. During the winter months, snow and ice storms bring severe conditions to your roof. One of these conditions being, ice dams. In order to prevent damage to your new roof and/or home, snow should be removed from your roof as soon as possible so ice damming does not occur.
What is An Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
Ice dam related leaks are caused when water was unable to escape from the shingled roof area. This is not a design flaw with the roofing system, or is it an indication of an improperly installed roof. Rather, ice dams are winter storm conditions that prevent the shingled roof system from shedding water as it's designed to do.
The ice and water shield that has been installed on your roof will help to prevent the water from getting into the house, but unfortunately is not 100% effective against severe weather conditions. A newly shingled roof with ice and water shield protection is not guaranteed to hold out water caused by iced dams. A new roof will most likely reduce water intrusion but no matter how new the roof is, it is design to shed the water, not hold it. Remember, you must remove the snow from your eaves to prevent ice damning. Be sure to contact a HV Home Crafters Roofing specialist for more information!