Ice dams can cause interior damage to ceilings, walls, and floors, but the right roofing services can eliminate this worry.
If you live in an area that has snow, the warmer attic air will heat the roof and melt the snow which drips into the eaves, where it can then refreeze as ice and form ice dams under the eaves. These ice dams will cause water to work back up under the roof shingles and leak into the attic and down to the ceiling, damaging walls, floors, and other materials.
Several conditions must exist for ice dam damage to occur. If all these conditions are present, it’s likely that some water will leak into your house.
Here at RJK Roofing Solutions, we offer solutions to repair damage to your roof caused by ice damming, as well as prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.
We offer free estimates for ice dam removal and roof damage repair throughout the Northeast Ohio area of Ohio.
While you can’t prevent snow from collecting on your roof, there are other things you can do to prevent ice dams from causing water damage to your house. Some homeowners choose to focus on reducing the amount of heat that escapes into the attic, warming the upper part of the roof deck and causing snow to melt evenly.
This type of ice dam prevention typically involves sealing air leaks in the attic floor and other solutions. Adequate attic ventilation is also important to keep the underside of the roof the same temperature as the outside air.
Another way to protect your home from ice dams and the damage associated with them is to make sure that an experienced roofing contractor installs a protective "ice and water" shield along your roof eaves, where the ice dams form.
Many building codes (this may vary by state and town) stipulate that this ice dam membrane protection must extend at least 24 inches inside the heated wall space of a house. However, older houses may not have such protection.
Whenever you have a new roof installed or a roof replaced, it’s essential to have ice and water shield protection installed as well. At RJK Roofing Solutions we always ensure that your home is receiving all the products and services it needs to keep you safe and dry. Contact us today to find out which roofing services are most appropriate for your home!