As we approach the end of summer, the cooler months bring a certain coziness to them. With the cooler months also comes risks associated with winter weather. Winter weather can truly wreak havoc on our homes and cause costly damages and energy loss. Getting your roof in good shape before winter fully gets here can help protect your home both now and in the coming winter months. In this post we’ll provide some tips and advice on what you should do to protect your home’s roof in Royal Oak Michigan. If your home is in danger of having a roof ice dam then be sure to get a roof inspection done prior to colder weather getting here to protect yourself.
Help Dealing with a Roof Ice Dam in Royal Oak Michigan
Most of the homes in Royal Oak Michigan have shingle roofing installed. The most common is asphalt shingle roofing. However, there are different roofing materials that are used such as fiberglass and wood. Most of the roofing materials used in Royal Oak Michigan can be affected by a roof ice dam. Even metal roofing can be affected by this problem. Since the weather in Royal Oak Michigan can get quite cold and has lots of rain, snow, and ice each winter, it makes it a prime environment for a roof ice dam to be created on your home. But even though it’s probable that the roof ice dam will be created, there are some things you can do to protect your home from this problem. We’ve listed a few details about roof ice dams below:
Ice Dams – What are they and how do they form?
Ice dams form when snow on rooftops melt, pool, then refreeze. This forms large sheets of ice on the roof, often right above the gutters. This can occur during the warmer days in the winter when snow begins to melt, or it could happen when your attic is warm and releases heat. Ice forming the ice dams can also be forming beneath shingles, causing actual damage to your roof.
This damage can become widespread and make your roof susceptible to leaks. This can become a costly roof repair and can lead to even more problems if you are unaware of the damage for some time. Water collecting in these spots can get into your roof structure or attic and excess moisture could lead to mold and mildew problems. All of these things can end up costing you quite a bit of time and money. Many times this problem can be prevented if the proper installation and repairs on the roof is made.
Ice Dam Dangers
The ice dams themselves aren’t going to endanger your safety. The icicles hanging off your roof won’t cause harm, but the ice forming underneath the shingles will. Not only can it damage the shingles and roof, possibly causing major water leaks or at the least damage, but if ice falls off the roof in a larger chunk, this could be dangerous to anyone nearby!
How to handle ice dams
The best way to take care of ice dams is to prevent them. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure your attic is properly insulated below your roof. With an appropriate heat barrier, there is less likelihood for ice dams to form from snow melting and refreezing. You’ll also make your home more energy efficient by preventing heat from escaping through your attic.
Another way to prevent ice dam formation is to remove excess snow from your roof by raking it off. There is then less snow to melt overall. Make sure to use a proper roof rake for this so that you don’t damage your roof while clearing away the snow. The last thing you want to do is cause more harm when you’re trying to properly prevent damage!
When it comes to protecting your roof from roof ice dams or any other problems it’s best to first start with a roof inspection on the home. At Royal Oak Remodeling Contractor we offer roof inspections on home roofs and if needed we can provide a free estimate on any roof repairs needed. We can also give you a free quote on replacing the roof on your home completely. Call us today to speak with one of our roofing experts.