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For homes in snow-prone areas, ice damming is a real threat to structural integrity. Ice dams occur when the roof is warm, causing snow to melt down to the eaves. The roof edge is much colder than its remaining surface area, forcing the melted snow into an icy state. As ice builds up, it creeps back up the roof and leaks into the interior. Toledo roofers offer several solutions to their customers to combat this frustrating occurrence.

Contractors often check ridge vents first when ice damming is a continual issue. Ridge vents are exhaust areas at the roof's peak. These vents are exposed to the elements, making them vulnerable to blockages from debris and other items. Contractors verify if these ridges are clear along with overall functionality. In many cases, roofers may suggest adding more ridge vents to increase ventilation across the entire roof.

Air must have a way of entering the roof system so it can exit the ridge vents. The soffit or roof underside is a perfect location for incoming air vents. When air flows between the soffit and ridges, a steady temperature remains across the entire roof. Stable temperatures mean snow cannot melt and reform into ice at the roof's edge, preventing ice damming entirely. Contractors will check soffit vents and add more if necessary.

The roofing experts from Johnson Construction of Toledo would be happy to answer any question you have about commercial roofing or roof repair.

More ventilation is always better for the roof system, even during the summer months.

If a roof is being replaced, homeowners should ask about an ice and water membrane. Although standard roofs have felt and shingles to protect the decking, an additional membrane stops potential leaks from ice damming. This membrane also contributes to stable temperatures across the roof and reduced ice dam occurrences.

Homeowners may want to concentrate on proper interior ventilation as well. Any hot air escaping the main living area and into the attic causes roof temperature swings. Preventing warm air from entering the attic at all keeps the roof at a stable temperature. A contractor might add insulation and caulk any structural gaps into the attic, for example. Homeowners should close the attic door or opening on a regular basis. If the attic isn't used daily, it shouldn't be exposed to conditioned interior air.

With proper ventilation and roofing materials, ice damming can be stopped permanently. However, one repair appointment won't prevent ice damming every year. It's crucial to hire a roofer at least twice a year for inspections, cleaning and updates. A well-maintained roof won't be prone to irregular temperature patches and ice damming occurrences.

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