I have to admit this past week was extremely crazy. My phone did not stop ringing for the past 5 days because of all the houses that got flooded because of the ice dams.
Homeowners starting to understand the importance of a good quality roof instead of a quick fixer upper. The money they saved on the roof replacement plus few more thousands to the repairs to correct the issues and maybe a new roof. Ice dams does not form on its own. It requires either direct sunlight or heat loss thru your attic to form ice dams. Proper ventilation is one of the issues. When the vents get covered by snow, it makes it harder to vent our or even does not vent out at all. When the hot air gets trapped in your attic if will push back thru the ventilated soffit and start to form ice dams along the gutters. Hot fumes will melt the snow and turn it into ice over night. Eventually it gets bigger and wider. Whenever there is a warmer day, snow melts and it polls up behind the ice dam. It wont take a long time until you can see it dripping from your ceiling.
Here is my advise to the homeowners, don’t try to save couple of hundred dollars during replacing your roof. Make sure drip-edge is installed along all the edges. Depending on the slope of your roof have ice and water shield installed at least 6 feet from the gutters maybe more if needed. And have the rest of the roof covered with felt/tar paper or anything similar.
When we replace a roof our minimum usage of ice and water shield is 6 feet. Regardless of what the slope is, it is our company policy install 6 feet of ice and water shield and 100% felt paper and of course maximum ventilation.
We have been working in Barrhaven pretty much this whole summer and lots of roofs needs replacing. If the majority of your roof is facing south or southwest you will be replacing your roof more often.
You roof protects you, keeps you dry and keeps you cold. Poor maintenance is the biggest problem with most of the houses. A simple leak can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. First time this season we have run into a house that has so much plywood damage it was a nightmare. Every section we removed the old shingles had water damage. Total of four guys against this one house full of surprises. It is so dangerous to walk on it because we might end up in one of the bedrooms unintentionally.
There are many steps homeowners can take to eliminate further damage caused by a leak, poor ventilation or ice damming. If your roof leaks once it will follow the same path and cause more damage in your attic. Always clean your gutters twice a year. Make sure there is proper intake and ventilation system in place to eliminate ice damming or prevent leaks.
When it comes to giving an estimate to a customer four or five hundred dollars over the average re-roof price can be a challenge sometimes. Especially if it’s the same homeowner who tried to save 3oo dollars from previous re-roof.
One thing you should never agree to is installing new shingles over the existing shingles. Saving 200$ now can cost you way more especially if there was hidden secrets about the plywood or the roof. I personally get upset when i see two layers of shingles on a roof. It’s called “lack of workmanship” if you ask me. When the new shingles are installed over the existing roof, it looks like sh*t. The roof never looks flat and it is too obvious from a distance. I personally spend the extra few hours now than spend a whole day ripping. Two hours of labor becomes a full day eventually because if it was a 60 bundle house, now its a 120 bundle house. If you are getting our roof replaced make sure it is actually replaced not relayed.