As important as the roof on your house is, it can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to regular maintenance and repair. And with winter on its way, one of the biggest threats to your roof is a process known as ice damming. When you have icicles or ice dams caused by moisture penetration during the freeze/thaw cycles of winter, you risk premature roof failure and costly repairs.
The problem with ice dams anywhere on a roof structure is they act as a dam and hold a pool of snowmelt behind it. That pooled water follows the path of least resistance, will eventually leak into the structure, and might not be detected for years. Once the leak is detected, mold (sometimes toxic mold), mildew and/or structural rot may have occurred and associated repair costs can be much higher.
Fortunately, there are solutions. The HotEdge Roof Ice Melt system heats the edges of your roof continuously so ice cannot build up in the first place. HotEdge is an economical and high-performance solution to the threat of ice damming and Homeservice Club is pleased to offer qualified HotEdge system installations to our members.
Here are some other roof maintenance tips from the pros at HotEdge that will help keep your roof in tip-top shape for years to come:
Unclog your gutters. Clogged gutters are one of the most common causes of leaky roofs. Clean the gutters on a regular basis to remove leaves and debris.
Inspect your shingles. Even correctly-installed shingles may begin to crack over time and exposure to the elements.
Nip leaks in the bud. Even a tiny leak has the potential to become a major problem. Contact a roofing contractor to get the leak repaired promptly.
Prevent ice buildup. Ice can be a sign of future problems if it accumulates on your roof for an extended period of time. Rain and ice shields and a drip edge can help melt the ice buildup away without creating a leak. Preventing ice dams can be the best step you take in defending your roof from damage.
Trim tree branches. Tree branches that are too close to your roof can potentially fall off and cause damage to your shingles. Call in a professional to trim branches that could pose a threat to your roof.
Schedule regular inspections. Once a year, have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof for any signs of trouble you may have missed. Think of it as your roof’s annual checkup!
HotEdge takes roof ice prevention seriously and has engineered an effective, simple, low cost system for all roof types. For further information about HotEdge systems call the club at 416-925-1111 or visit www.HotEdge.com
When your roof has ice dams or icicle problems, you risk premature roof failure and costly repairs. Take the time to talk to a professional to help you decide which ice melt system is right for your roof.
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