If you live in New England, you have been wishing for spring to come before the winter even started. There are some things you should be aware of as a homeowner in order to escape this winter without any damage to your home.
The Official Word of the Winter—Ice Dam
It seems like everywhere you go homeowners are talking about ice dam removal in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. However, most people don’t even know what an ice dam is until they experience one.
An ice dam is ice that builds up on the edge of your home’s roof and prevents water (or melting ice and snow) from flowing off your roof and into your gutters and downspouts. Since the water can’t flow off the roof, it backs up and eventually will find its way into your home.
The ice dam damage usually shows up on your ceilings, walls, insulation and roof. The image to the left showcases the formation of the ice dam.
While it is impossible to prevent roof ice dams in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, there are a few ice dam prevention tips that may decrease the chances of an ice dam developing on your roof. If your home is under-insulated and not properly ventilated, it could be the cause for the ice dam on the roof.
When the ice starts to melt, it turns back to ice once it hits 32 degrees. If your home isn’t insulated enough, there could be spots of your roof that are 32 degrees and under causing the ice to form in those areas rather than flowing off of your roof. Cracked shingles and an old roof also give water an entryway into your home.
New Winter Project—Shoveling Your Roof
While it is usually ill-advised to go onto your home’s roof in Rhode Island and Massachusetts during the winter months due to the treacherous conditions, most homeowners will have to venture up there this year. Because of the large amount of snow and the frequency of the snow storms, your home’s roof has a few feet of snow on it.
In previous winters, we would have a few weeks of sun to melt the snow before the next storm. This year, we will have to manually get the snow off of the roof in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
This is an extremely dangerous task. In most cases, it is advised that a professional clean the roof for you. Besides the fact that roof rakes are sold out everywhere, it is extremely easy to fall off the roof with the amount of ice and snow on there.
How We Can Help
Moonworks can help you keep your home safe, or repair your home if damage has already occurred. We have a few solutions that homeowners can choose from in order to fit the specific needs of their homes and budgets.
Every day you hear of a roof leaking and caving in. Don’t let that happen to your home’s roof. Let Moonworks come out to your home and safely remove the snow off of your roof.
Insulation & Ventilation
Proper insulation and ventilation can aid in allowing the snow and ice to flow off of your roof, in addition to saving you money on your utilities.
Our Heated Helmet product, used in conjunction with the Gutter Helmet gutter protection system, can significantly reduce the amount of ice on your roof. The Gutter Helmet keeps debris out of your gutters so they are clean and water can flow freely throughout your gutters and downspouts. Out Heated Helmet is a self regulating coil that turns on only when needed so it is effective yet efficient. It melts the ice in your gutters so there is no build up of ice to form an ice dam.
Moonworks’ factory trained and certified roof installers can provide you with a new roof if your home was damaged due to an ice dam, or if it is simply worn out. We also have energy efficient shingles if you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency in the process.
Are you worried about an ice dam? Rhode Island and Massachusetts homeowners can contact us at 1-800-975-6666 or fill out our online form.