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The Effects of Melting Snow and Roof Leaks

By: Steven Briesemeister

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Looking after the roof of our house is the first and possibly most important step to caring for the long-term life of any house. Roof leaks are obviously a big problem in any house but knowing the correlation between melting snow and roof leaks can help you to prevent one of the major problems that many houses face. When snow melts and runs down the roof it often refreezes at it reaches the edge of the roof and the gutter. You’ve probably stood back in awe looking at these ice dams that form, but these can cause havoc with the integrity of your roof. However, they are relatively easy to prevent and doing so will undoubtedly save you money and heartache in the future.


How ice dams form.

The warmth from your house melts the snow on the top of your roof because this is the warmest part of your roof. As this melted snow runs down the roof underneath the snow it then reaches the roof edge, which is at sub zero temperature; this drop in temperature causes the snowmelt to refreeze creating the dams that you often see on people’s houses in winter. The weight of these dams can cause a problem itself, however, the real problem occurs when further snowmelt collects in pools against the dams. This water eventually runs through the roof and into the house. Understanding this connection better melting snow and roof leaks is the first step to preventing it, and you basically have two options in order to do so.

 

Control the roof temperature.

There must be sub zero temperatures in order for the snow to be created initially, there then must above zero temperatures to melt the snow and there must be further sub zero temperatures to create the ice dams. Without all three of these factors you will not suffer from ice dams. For instance your shed is very unlikely to suffer ice dams because the entire surface of the roof is at a sub zero temperature. This means there is no build up of ice around the eaves. It is virtually impossible to keep the whole of your roof at temperatures above zero during very chilly winters, but it is possible to keep a new roof entirely at sub zero temperatures without compromising the temperature of the house. In order to avoid melting snow and roof leaks you need to have very good insulation, ventilation and an effective air barrier. This keeps the warm air in and the roof at a constant temperature thus eliminating melting snow and roof leaks from occurring.

Protection for the perishable areas of your roof.

In many cases you can use a rubber membrane that is attached directly to the roof and the shingles are then added on top. The membrane is actually self-healing so the rubber will heal around the nail holes you create when attaching the shingles. This means that the delicate areas of your roof will be protected in the event of ice dams forming. This can be an effective way to control melting snow and roof leaks in older roofs that are not being replaced.



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Roofer911 is amazing!! Thanks to the Blizzard of '10 we had an ice dam that was causing a non-stop leak over our bedroom window. We contacted Steve at 8:30 in the morning; within 20 minutes he was at our house and by 2:00pm not only did we not have a leak, we had a waterproof shield installed under our roof to prevent any future leaks. Steve and his crew are extremely professional, thoroughly explaining not only the solution but the cause of the problem. I cannot recommend enough - I wish I called sooner! Thanks Steve!!
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