This coming winter, you should prepare for one of the most common roofing issues related to the season: ice dams.
Ice damming is the result of temperature fluctuations during winter. When snow settles on your roof, it will freeze. However, when temperatures rise, the frozen snow will melt—but not completely. As the temperature drops again or the melted snow flows to a part of the roof that is not insulated, it will freeze once more, resulting in an ice dam.
The problem with ice dams is that they can cause melting water to back up and seep into the home. Over time, the water and moisture can damage home components and materials, including the roof itself, walls, ceilings, and others.
Hinkle Roofing, one of the most trusted roofers in the area, shares some tips on how to prevent ice dams if you have a metal roof.
Metal roofs are naturally impervious to water. However, the other materials that compose your roofing system may not be as water-resistant. So, it’s necessary to take some measures to prevent ice dams even if you have a metal roof.
One of these measures is to ensure sufficient and efficient insulation. In general, attic and ceiling insulation with a rating of R-38 is recommended for homes in colder regions. To be sure what kind of insulation your roof needs, check building codes in your area or better yet, work with a local roofer who knows the codes.
Just because it’s winter and cold out doesn’t mean that ventilation is no longer needed. Ventilation is actually as important during winter as it is during summer. Sufficient ventilation, particularly around your roof’s soffit area, helps maintain consistent temperature levels. As a result, ice dam formation can be prevented.
Prevent Energy Leaks
It’s also important to make sure that your home is not leaking energy or warm indoor air. This is where sufficient insulation and proper ventilation comes in. When warm indoor air is kept within the living spaces and not allowed to leak to the roof assembly, defrosting of the frozen ice or snow on the roof will be avoided.
Want to learn more? Hinkle Roofing is the name to trust for high-quality residential and commercial roofing services in the area. Call us today at (205) 324-8545 or send our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Calera and Hoover, AL, and the surrounding areas.