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?
When 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.
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.