Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Ice dams are an indication of the underlying problems in the roofing system. The freeze-melt cycles of brutal winters cause the ice dams on a property. Homeowners must observe the ice dams and identify the threat levels. Aged out roofing systems with outdated components also contribute to the ice dam issues. When ice dams are present, call the expert roofing professionals to investigate and prevent the ice dams in the future.
Poor insulation and air leaks in the house end up in the attic. In the winter, warm attics melt the snow on the roof. The melted snow refreezes at the eaves before reaching the ground causing ice build up. Continuous freeze-melt cycles throughout the winter increase the roof ice damage. Preventing ice dams is a better approach to avoid long-term roof issues.
Residential buildings, apartments, townhomes, abandoned buildings, vacation homes, and all properties are susceptible to ice damage in winters. If left untreated, the ice dams can ultimately lead to collapsing of the building.
Ice Dam Threat Levels
The ice dam threats can be classified into five levels:
1.Low Ice dam Threat:
Icicles showing up at the edges and eaves causing ugly and creepy look to the property. The property owner can schedule the roof inspection for an overall assessment.
2. Medium Ice dam Threat:
Ice dam built up continues to the overhangs of the roof. This increases the area of ice roof damage and more shingles are damaged. Time to get the attic checked and measure the airtightness of the building.
3. High Ice dam Threat:
Ice dams building up under the overhangs and in the patios. This indicates that the water under the shingles has melted and leaking under the overhangs. Interior ceilings and walls have water spots due to the roof leaks. The inspection is required for any damage caused to the affected areas. Mandatory replacement of the shingles or sheathing may be recommended.
4. Severe Ice dam Threat:
Ice dams on the siding, windows, reaching up to the ground and complete building. Ice has completely formed on and under the gutters, soffit vents, and walls. At this point, the complete roofing system has suffered ice damage. The aged out components including the gutters have to be replaced with newer ones.
5. Ice dam Emergency:
Ice dam emergency is when the water starts pouring down the interior and exterior walls. You can see chunks of ceiling falling down and multiple roof leaks are evident. Residents must evacuate the building and return only after fixing the issues. The continuous moisture creates dangerous levels of mold and the falling debris may injure the residents. Contact expert complete home improvement experts at Olde Town Group to fix the overall exterior and interior ice damage.
Most home insurance policies do not cover the ice damage or roof ice/snow removal services. Some may cover the damage if there are roof leaks but it entirely depends on how the insurance agent classify the loss. It is the responsibility of the property owner to identify the ice dam threat levels and take the necessary remedy.
Products Preventing Ice Dams
Modern roofing products from CertainTeed’s Integrity Roofing System can prevent ice dams building up on the roofs. CertainTeed’s WinterGuard has embedded sand and granules to prevent ice dams. The shingle underlayment acts as a superior protection layer for different types of roofs including asphalt, slate, tile, or metal roofs. The composite and polymer material of WinterGuard provides ice/water protection during winters. The melted water under the shingles can be prevented from further entering the sheathing and the roof deck by installing CertainTeed’s WinterGuard underlayment.
Olde Town Roofing
Property owners must opt for long-term solutions and avoid ‘instant’ fixes or Do-It-Your own approaches. As a SELECT Shingle Master from CertainTeed, Olde Town Roofing can install the WinterGuard underlayment to prevent ice dams on your roof. Their ice dam experts can identify the threat levels and suggest appropriate solutions.
Do not procrastinate anymore by putting off the ice dam issues until next winter. Scheduling an inspection in the winter is needed so the inspector can themselves see the ice dam threats and identify the root cause. Call Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550 or 563-723-9940 or 309-517-1676 for a roof inspection and roof replacement to prevent ice dams. The combined experts at the Olde Town Group can fix any interior or exterior home improvement issues.