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Greeley Roofing: Article About Ice and Water Shields

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When it comes to weatherproofing your roof, many contractors use felt-lined construction material designed to prevent moisture from seeping into the roof deck. Felt paper is an industry standard and has been for decades, but there are other options available today that make waterproofing more secure. In the 1980s, a new system was developed to help protect homes against widespread water destruction, particularly in areas that receive more inclement weather. In order to protect your Greeley roofing system during the colder, wetter months, read on to learn about how ice and water shields may be the solution you need to safeguard your home.

On the positive end, ice and water shields provide unparalleled protection for roofs with asphalt shingles. Water will get underneath your shingles eventually, but the key is to have several layers of protection to prevent water from reaching the deck. Ice and water shields act as a solid barrier to prevent this from happening. The adhesive backing allows for less penetration; felt requires more nails, and any time you puncture your roof, you're inviting the potential for water penetration.

Additional benefits of ice and water shields include a nonslip walking surface to prevent workers from falling during installation, protection against temperatures of up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and the prevention of leaks, water pooling, cracking and drying of the underlayment. It's important to note that some states require ice and water shields due to the proclivity for ice accumulation.

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As for negatives regarding ice and water shields, some contractors may not see the point in installing them, which could create unnecessary friction. Inexperienced or dishonest contractors may try to shortchange homeowners by choosing to install traditional felt underlayments instead. But even honest and reliable contractors may underestimate the importance of an ice and water shield due to their familiarity with felt.

One of the biggest drawbacks to ice and water shields is the adhesive backing. If installed incorrectly or during a particularly hot day, the shield could latch onto the roof crookedly, causing delays in installation. The other major downside is cost. Ice and water shields cost more than traditional felt. However, your roof will be significantly more secure with a shield, which can offset the long-term cost of roof maintenance.

Ice and water shields can be installed on your entire roof or just around the areas that need extra protection like chimneys, skylights, valleys and other roof protrusions. Popular brands include GAF, Grace and CertainTeed, and you can choose a variety of styles to customize the shield to your specific needs. When you interview a contractor for an installation job, ask about ice and water shields. Choose a contractor who's worked with them before and knows how to install them.

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