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Solutions to Ice Dams: From Prevention To Recovery

Combat Ice Dams! Address Roof Leaks And Thin Insulation Before Winter Weather Strikes.

When you are planning for your home’s winter readiness, check your roof from the inside looking for cracks, gaps, and joints. Seal all gaps and check for air and water leakage. When your insulation is thin, bringing it up to the latest code can make a tremendous difference in the heating and cooling efficiency of your home. The less heat emitted through the attic to the snow and ice on the roof, the less your chances of developing ice dams that can cause real damage to your roof.

Final Ice Dam Prevention Solutions Include Improving Ventilation And Installing a Waterproof Membrane.

Once your attic is air insulated, then improving ventilation makes a difference. The goal is to keep the air properly flowing through the home and minimizing inefficiency and heat loss through the roof. Think of it like walking in cold weather without the right hat to keep your body heat regulated. Installing a waterproof membrane is typically done when installing a new roof and can be a costly solution. Once you are at the point where you roof needs a waterproof membrane, you likely need a new roof. The waterproof layer minimizes leaks and maximizes the life of your roof.

When You’ve Got Ice Dams And Need Recovery, Handle It Layer By Layer.

The first step is knocking off excess snow to get to the ice dam. Whenever you are doing any work on your roof, be sure to take extensive safety precautions. This is especially critical in suboptimal weather conditions. Chiseling away the ice dam also requires attentive care, so as not to do any further damage to the roof. Once the ice dam is removed, salt or other chemical melting agents may be applied to halt the problem until the weather clears enough to solve the root problem.

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The Anatomy of Ice Dams

It All Starts When Winter Precipitation Lands On The Roof.ice dams

What causes an ice dam? Your roof has heat from inside the attic warming the exterior and the sun is emitting heat from the outside on the snow. This heat causes snow and ice to melt along the roof, running toward the gutters. Water runs out to the eaves, where the temperature naturally is cooler as the eaves hang out over the edge of the house, allowing for cold air on all sides. Winter temperatures often drop during the night, adding to the potential for ice along the eaves, also called ice dams.

Ice Dams Stop The Natural Flow Of Moisture Off The Roof.

The build up of ice along your roof keeps snowmelt and other moisture from leaving the roof along the proper channels. If you have a weak spot or leak on your roof or among your shingles, the melting snow may hit against the ice dams to back up into your roof or attic, causing water damage. Don’t underestimate the power of water at finding the tiny crevices and cracks on you roof that mean big problems over time or one heavy snow. Ice dams are symptomatic of potentially bigger problems.

 Know What To Look For After Winter Weather.

Once ice has begun to form along the roof, you may see icicles or heavy ice and snow build up along the edge of the roof. Stand back from the house and get a look at the roof, noticing where the problem areas are. You may have snow guards to keep the winter precipitation from falling on your landscaping. Looking at differences in how the roof looks and if you have ice dams may give you further insight into what is working and places that might need some attention.

Record Winter Precipitation Build Up For A Targeted Solution.

Take pictures of the build up along the exterior of your home, giving you a guide for where to target your efforts to eliminate ice dams. Read more about the solutions to ice dams.

Standing Seam Metal Roof and Seamless Half-Round Gutter Install in Harrisonburg, VA

Another old fashioned standing seam metal roof installation taking place in Harrisonburg! As soon as the roof is finished we will be installing 6″ coppertone half-round seamless (yes, you read right, seamless half-round) guttering all around!  It will be a beautiful combination.   Stay posted for more pictures!

Have a similar project?  Call us at 540-820-2705

Roof Install in Stuarts Draft

Another roof by Valley Roofing underway in Stuart’s Draft!  On this project we are doing all new sheathing and GAF shingle roofing with new PVC trim boards and seamless gutters!

Call us today to get a facelift on your home!

 

Roof Coating in Charlottesville Using GAF TopCoat!

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Thinking of a metal roof?

Valley Roofing offers guidance to help you choose.

When you have a vision for an old style, standing seam metal roof, we are here to make your dream a reality. Our expert roofing staff will work with you to find the right color and design.

Why choose a metal roof?

First and foremost, they are durable and long lasting. They won’t crack or warp and are relatively lightweight, putting less stress on the structure of the house. Metal roofs are also the best choice to resist wind, fire, and hail. You can choose from many different colors with a minimum of a 35-year paint warranty to let you make a bold statement that lasts.

The real value when selecting a metal roof is in the workmanship.

Valley Roofing’s expertise in installation and working with tricky flashing that can sometimes be overlooked takes care of your investment for the long haul. Our installation includes proper water drainage to insure trouble-free years of enjoyment. Metal roofs typically carry extensive paint and warranties to match their lifespan. In addition to your roof’s warranty, Valley Roofing’s expert installation is backed by our 5-year workmanship warranty. Call Valley Roofing today for a metal roof estimate!

Pipe flashing: How healthy is your roof?

Your roof is as strong as its most vulnerable part. 

Pipe flashing is a piece of material that prevents water from entering a structure through a joint. Proper product should be present where a chimney, vent, fan, or cable meets the roof. Pipe flashing comes in many types of material that offer variations in durability and cost. Bad pipe flashings are typically the first thing to break down on your roof.

Get your roof checked out every 5 years to avoid potential disasters.

Many roof installers cut costs by using cheap products, which can lead to significant breakdown over the years. Before you notice a leak, have a professional take a look. Valley Roofing offers roof inspections as a preventative measure in order to address small concerns before they become problems.

Valley Roofing focuses on strength and durability for your roof.

Valley Roofing uses only GAF Ultimate Pipe Flashing. This breakthrough design uses a proprietary sealing method that gives you maximum protection from leaks.  When you want the best protection, using the best available materials is the only way to go.

GAF Ultimate Pipe Flashing matches your roof’s warranty.

GAF Ultimate Pipe Flashing is guaranteed to never fail through the life of the roof’s warranty. When a roofing system is installed using this product, the flashing warranty matches the roof’s warranty. Call Valley Roofing for your roof flashing inspection today!