Every roof is different…
In our time removing ice dams in Brooklyn Park and the surrounding areas, we have seen a lot of different roofing systems and styles. We can’t treat every roof the same. But there are a few methods that we think are important to the homeowner in removing their ice dam effectively and without hurting their home in the process.
The first thing we ask the homeowner is what material the roof is made of. Most people have the classic asphalt-shingled roof, but metal roofs are gaining popularity due to the increasing cost of asphalt (a petroleum-based product). It can be difficult to climb onto a metal or slate roof in the winter, so we want to be prepared to custom fit our job to your home’s particular needs.
The next thing we ask the homeowner is what the pitch of their roof is. Some people know that their roof is a 4/12 pitch, or a 6/12 pitch, etc., whereas others aren’t sure. If we get the sense that the customer ‘s roof is very steep, we send out a special technician with the proper skills and safety equipment for working on a steep roof. In general, steeper roofs don ‘t collect ice dams as easily in the first place; the flatter pitch roofs form ice dams much more easily.
Steaming Away the Problem
Other methods can work, like clobbering off the ice with hammers and chisels, but they ‘ll often destroy your shingles and cause additional leaks to your home. Proper ice-dam removal requires steam. Some contractors will use high-pressure washers, but those can also cause unnecessary damage to the home. We want the removal to happen as quickly and safely to your home as we can, so we have specialized equipment to help.
Prevention is Best
Though we ‘re always ready to help our clients with ice-dam removal, we always leave them with a bit of advice on how to prevent ice dams in the first place. We give them 3 main ice-dam-prevention tips:
1. Check your attic insulation to make sure it isn’t saturated with water and might need replacing.
2. Make sure your roof vents are clear of any snow after heavy snowfalls (especially heavy wet snowfalls).
3. If you have gutters, be sure to clean the leaves, sticks, and debris from gutters and downspouts each autumn. This allows melting snow to flow into the gutters and down the spouts, rather than collect and freeze on your roof.
Remove Ice Dams the Right Way
If you are tired of dealing with ice dams every winter and want the best solution for lifelong ice dam prevention, Ice Dam Liquidators today! Our experts and prevention techniques will protect your home and will eliminate the headache caused by ice buildup on your roof. To speak to a specialist, call (612) 251-6938.