Ice and Your Roof

Are you currently faced with a large block of ice covering your roof? If you are looking at that, you should be making arrangements to deal with the immediate problem - get rid of the snow and melt the ice. Following that you will be best to look at the insulation and ventilation part of your attic.

Icicles such as these are formed when there is not enough ventilation in the attic to remove the warm air from the house. The warm air rises up and melts the snow, which then promptly freezes into ice. It can get very deep, and move quite high along your roof. This can damage your shingles, and also leaves no way for the water to run off the roof as it melts.

So what to do - first get the snow off the ice dam. Once that is done, get some salt up there to help melt the dam and get your eaves opened up.

That will fix the symptom, but the problem lies inside your attic. Possibly you have added insulation over the years - and it may have been pushed deep along the outside crevices. This is the most common reason we see for the lack of ventilation.

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Animal Damage

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Hearing the pitter patter of little feet on your roof may sound innocent enough, but take a look at the damage those animals can do.

Once they find a safe spot to make their nest, it can be a constant battle to keep the destruction away. A mother racoon thinks nothing of ripping back shingles, wood, and pulling off metal no matter how tightly it is fastened.

If you are hearing signs that the animals are running around, it is best to contact someone who can do a good visual inspection of your roof and soffit areas. Many times the damage is not visible from the ground level.

Catching the problem before a nest is created is your best bet to avoid this harsh destruction.

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