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Harsh Winter Weather Takes Its Toll on Roofs

For Calgary homeowners, snow and ice buildup on the roof during winters is inevitable. While an accumulation of snow does not pose serious problems, ice can cause extensive damage to your home or commercial property.

Although stack roof vents and ice membranes have greatly reduced the risks of snow and ice, the problem is still a challenging one to resolve. If you notice an accumulation of ice, you should call a reliable roofing company to take care of it immediately.

During harsh winter months, your roof is covered by ice and snow and the heat from the deck and attic melt the first layer of snow (closest to the roof floor). The melting snow then flows down the roof until it reaches the cooler roof overhang where it freezes again to forming a ridge of ice.

The thick ice dam then slowly builds up and blocks the gutters and causes water to accumulate behind the ice dam. An ice dam is the thick ridge of ice that forms just below the roof overhang. The constant freezing and thawing cycle continues throughout winter and the ice dams often become tenacious and difficult to break.

Our first class tinsmiths suggest that ice dams can be caused due to several reasons:

  • Inadequate or low quality attic insulation causes a part of the roof to heat
  • Inadequate or faulty attic ventilation: Warm, moist air needs to be removed properly through exhaust vents
  • Snow acts as an excellent insulator and roughly 10 inches of snow can provide the same insulation as 6 inches of fiberglass
  • Low pitched roofs are particularly susceptible to ice damming and it’s much easier for the snow and ice to settle and build up

How Ice Dams Can Damage Your Roof

While typical Canadian home insurance warranties may cover ice-related roof damage, it’s important to be familiar with the extent of damage that may occur. For ice dams to form, the higher portions of the roof should be above 32°F while lower portions must be below 32°F over sustained periods of time.

The water that accumulates behind the ice dams pools on the roof for weeks together and causes damage to singles and underlayment. The water remains in a liquid form behind the growing ice dam due to accumulation of more snow.

This in turn often causes a leak into the attic or living areas of the house. The hanging ice dams prevent melting water from running off the roof.

If left unattended, the resultant dampness and water leak can result in growth of mold and mildew, destruction to roof studs, drywall, paint and insulation. The leak also attacks roof decking. Large quantities of ice dams also have the potential to damage skylights, gutters, siding, stucco and soffits.

Most importantly, if snow and ice are not removed (especially after very heavy snowfall). Your roof may collapse and emergency roof replacement may be the only option.

In extreme cases, the snow and ice may build its way back up by at least 5 to 10 feet and lift the underlayment and singles. This can cause extensive damage to your roof.

Efficient ice et snow removal services can help prevent damage to your valuable property. Ask out seasoned roofing experts for help with snow removal and save thousands of dollars in damage.

Hire Professional Roofers for Efficient Ice Removal

Please do not attempt to remove the ice dams on your own. The roof will be extremely slippery and moreover, the ice dam may suddenly give way and release itself with great force. Inexperienced or amateur roofers may not be familiar with the right techniques and may cause further damage.

Contact local Calgary roofing contractors to get the ice dams removed without stress. Timely removal of ice and snow can preserve the structural integrity of your property and prevent further problems from cropping up.


We Offer Affordable Ice et Snow Removal

In addition to reliable roof repair and replacement, Premium Roofing Calgary offers roof inspection services at reasonable cost to our esteemed clients in the area. Our experienced crew are happy to take care of all your roofing requirements from start to finish. You can enjoy added peace of mind and focus on other things in your life that need your attention.

We offer professional ice and snow removal for residential, commercial and industrial clients in Calgary area and surrounds. Feel free to contact us for regular inspections, repair or emergency roof replacement services.

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