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Greeley Roofing: Article About Ice Dams and Damage Control

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Icicles are often featured in winter art and holiday scenes, but their presence can be a sign of trouble with a home's roofing system. Icicles signal the presence of ice dams, and areas with larger icicles or greater numbers of icicles may be an important cue related to specific roofing issues that should be addressed. There are some DIY approaches to limiting damage by dealing directly with current ice dams, but it is also possible to spare the eaves and roofing materials undue stress by scheduling a roofing inspection with Greeley Roofing.

Ice dams occur due to fluctuations in roof temperature. While snow or ice may accumulate on a cold, exposed surface, heat from the attic can rise and warm the roof enough to melt frozen material. As snow turns to water and runs, it re-freezes upon coming into contact with colder portions of the roof. Water may back up behind an ice dam, resulting in possible interior leaks or other damage to roofing materials. Meanwhile, the weight of the ice on portions of the roof or eaves can stress materials closer to the edges of the roofing system.

Roofing maintenance includes a comprehensive inspection of both inside and outside features. A roofing contractor notes areas in need of cleaning and repair. Ventilation inside the attic can also be evaluated to determine whether there are blockages or other airflow issues.

A roofing expert from Colorado Roof Toppers of Greeley CO can answer questions you have about skylights or roofing repairs.

Consistent temperatures throughout the attic can promote a more stable roof temperature, reducing the possibility of melting ice on the roof top. Standard lights, for example, emit heat, making a lighting change one simple step for maintaining lower attic temperatures. Duct leaks can also introduce excessive heat into the attic during the winter months. Improper exhaust configurations can also allow heat to be released in the attic, contributing to hot spots on the roof that may promote melting of frozen material.

Vents are checked during a roofing inspection to ensure that blockages are not creating inconsistent air temperatures. In case of damaged vents, a replacement may be necessary. It's also important to check vents after windy conditions subside to ensure that debris hasn't settled in a vented area.

Heat cables can be installed to provide an assurance of all frozen matter being melted and drained away from the roofing system. While this may be a manageable DIY project, safety is important. A professional installation may ensure more complete coverage without a risk of injury to a homeowner. A roof rake offers a means of removing snow from the roof, but it is important to exercise caution while using this tool in snowy conditions, especially if a ladder is needed to reach certain areas.

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