Ice dams are ice deposits that form at the roof edge, which can cause damage to the roof and gutters. It can also pose risk of injury if it forms icicles. In this blog, roofing contractor Colorado Roof Toppers shares an in-depth look at ice dams, their causes and how to deal with them.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–How Ice Dams Are FormedIce dams form when the roof temperature goes above freezing, which melts the snow on it. The resulting water then flows down and refreezes as it reaches the roof edge. As this cycle repeats, an ice dam is formed. Over time, this could spread into the gutters, and even form icicles. While not as common, heat from the sun or sudden drafts of hot air may melt the snow from above.Causes of Ice DamsHeat from the indoor living areas tends to rise and collect in the attic. A properly-built sloped roofing system would vent heated air through the ridges. Roof insulation would prevent residual heat from penetrating the roof deck. If the attic has insulated floors, it should keep attic heat levels to a minimum. Insufficient attic ventilation and insulation are, therefore, the main causes of ice dams. Instead of being vented out, heat gets trapped in the attic, which would then heat the roof deck. Since decking material and outer roofing material like asphalt shingles do not have insulative properties, it would only be a matter of time before the roof temperature rises from the trapped heat.How to Prevent Ice DamsYou need to make sure that your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. Poorly-designed roofs will either lack ridge vents, or have ones that are too narrow. Soffit vents need to be properly sized to ensure consistent airflow. Fortunately, ventilation issues can be corrected after the roof is installed. If ridge ventilation isn’t enough, your roofing contractor may recommend exhaust fans to bolster the ridge vents.If ice dams are a recent problem, moisture may have infiltrated your attic and caused damage to the insulation layer. Most types of insulating material form clumps when in contact with water, so you may need to look into having potential roofing leaks addressed, in addition to having an insulation professional address insulation deficiencies. Also, accessories such as heated gutter covers can be useful for clearing ice dams, but this can’t be installed if ice dams have already formed.Colorado Roof Toppers is your leading provider of residential roof replacement services. Give us a call at (720) 378-1901 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Fort Collins, CO, and nearby areas.
According to many residential roofing contractors, the Colorado area is a hotspot for hail-related damage. Some may be purely cosmetic, but other damage can pose a serious threat to residents themselves. Visibly, hail damage on roof looks like dings and dents, discolorations or even softball-size penetrating the roof. This solid precipitation may last for only a few minutes, but it can deal considerable damage to property and consequently, endanger the lives of residents. In this post, Colorado Roof Toppers discusses one particularly dangerous problem and what you can do about it. [Read more…]
Winter offers the harshest weather conditions that our roofs have to withstand. Its high winds and ice are especially damaging if precautions are not taken. Read on as residential roof replacement expert Colorado Roof Toppers discusses three simple steps any homeowner can take to prevent winter moisture damage. [Read more…]
As a homeowner, it’s basically an instinct to want your entire home to be as clean as possible, especially the exterior. After all, a clean and well-put-together exterior is what drives your home’s curb appeal and property values up. Unfortunately, dirt can’t be avoided forever and dirt on the roof is something that you’ll want to deal with as soon as possible.
Here, the roofing and gutter installation experts of Colorado Roof Toppers reveal what usually causes dirty roof shingles and how you can clean them, beginning with:
Leaks are an issue that you don’t want your roofing system to ever experience, especially a commercial roof. After all, commercial roof leaks can be quite costly to remediate and can even encourage mold growth in your building if left unchecked. However, it may surprise you to know that the roof isn’t always the issue when leaks occur.
Here, the experts of Colorado Roof Toppers reveals the other possible causes of leaks in your commercial roofs.
Even with proper maintenance, your roof will eventually become less functional because of old age. Knowing the signs of aging is necessary so you can have enough time to prepare for a roof replacement with the help of roofing and gutter installation pros. Here’s a look at the signs you should watch out for.
When reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy, you’ve likely come across the term deductibles. For the uninitiated, a deductible is a set amount that homeowners will have to pay toward the cost of their insurance claim, such as a roof replacement. For example, a new roof will cost you $8000 and your deductible is $1500; what happens is that your insurance provider will pay $6500 of the cost while the remaining $1500 will come from your pocket. However, the basics aren’t the only thing that you have to know about your roof replacement deductibles; there are a few others as well.
When it comes to strong storms, every homeowner wants to protect their home from the damage the strong winds can bring. After all, it can easily cause damage your windows or roofing systems and repairing those can be a necessary but significant cost. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent yourself and your property from suffering through any form of wind damage.
In this post, Colorado Roof Toppers discusses the various ways you can protect your property from wind damage.
If you’ve ever had a new roof replacement or even a simple gutter installation, then you know just how much of an investment these home improvement projects are. Yes, they can be costly, but their benefits are well worth the cost. It follows, then, that you would want to keep them protected from any untoward incidents that might befall these important parts of your home. That is what warranties are for.