Every winter in New England seems like it is worse than the last one. Commuting to work is a nightmare, backs are sore from shoveling, and it’s cold! Unfortunately these types of conditions can present a real challenge for homeowners related to their roofs.
When snow begins to build up on your roof as a result of extreme winter storms or a series of smaller storms, the conditions are ideal for ice dams to start forming on your roof.
What is an ice dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on the edge of a roof, that will prevent melting snow and water from properly draining. As a result of this, the water begins to back up behind the ice dam and can cause damage to other areas of your home including your walls, ceilings, and insulation.
After a winter where ice damming has wreaked havoc on your roof you may want to consider replacing your roof to repair the damage caused and prevent future damage to the rest of your home. If you’re looking to get ahead of the problem and stop ice dams and damage to your home before it happens, there are a few things that can be done to prevent ice damming.
The most important step in preventing ice dams is to keep your roof clear of snow and ice. Many homeowners are now familiar with the roof rakes that allow you to extend a pole and remove all snow from the roof. In some cases homeowners aren’t physically able to remove the snow from their roof. In these cases it is always wise to contact a snow removal or plow company, as they often offer these services.
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If it is unfortunately too late for your roof, and ice dams have already caused damage it may be time to have a new roof installed at your home. We can provide a free estimate that will allow you to understand the cost associated with a new roof, and decide if that is the right move for your home. Call us today at (508)689-7637 for a free estimate.
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