This is the season of ice dams and if your having problems give us a call for a free inspection to see if we can help prevent damage caused by this icy problem. Ice dams are caused by escaping heat from the home artificially melting the snow on the roof, the water flowing down to the eve and re-freezing. Typically homes that are under-insulated and under-ventilated have this problem. In a properly insulated and ventilated home, what little heat that escapes into the attic space is vented out a ridge-vent and the snow on the roof does not melt in freezing weather. Even homes with good insulation and ventilation can get ice dams if they have gutters. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and pine needles can get an ice dam started. Warm winter weather will melt snow on the roof and re-freeze in the gutters and downspouts and begin to back up onto the roof. Unfortunately the only way to prevent this is to have roof and gutter heat cable installed in the gutter and downspouts PRIOR to snowfall.As featured in our article “Radiant Barrier Insulation“, we discuss the positive benefits and ease of installation of R-foil insulation. This product in combination with our vented metal roof system can just about eliminate ice dam problems on homes that are under- insulated and under-ventilated. On some homes, it can be a very difficult and expensive project to re-insulate the attic space and bring the ventilation up to modern building codes. Our Stone-Coated Metal Roof system has a vented air space under the metal roof. If you chose to add R-foil to the project we will install that right over the existing shingles and under the metal roof! In addition to the benefit of preventing ice dams, your home will stay cooler in the hot summer months as the r-foil reflects radiant heat away from the home.
Roofs take a beating during the winter months. Extreme weather conditions, including temperature changes, can cause roofing shingles and flashing to expand and contract, creating damage. Heavy snow loads and ice dams also take a toll on a roof. Missing, cracked or damaged shingles may develop into leaks. Home repair experts recommend that homeowners have their roof inspected at least once a year to identify and address problems early, before serious damage is done.
The Metal Roofing Alliance says many homeowners are avoiding this annual spring repair ritual by installing durable and environmentally-friendly metal roofs. In fact, the MRA says the number of homes with metal roofs has doubled during the past five years.
Think about it — it makes sense. Today’s metal roofing is available in a wide variety of styles and colors to complement any architectural style. Metal roofs resist cracking, shrinking and mold while standing up to hail, high winds and heavy rains.
These time-tested roofs also save energy and can help to save the environment. Installing a metal roof can save homeowners up to 40 percent in annual energy costs, depending on the geographical region. And, the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows for a tax credit for homeowners who install qualified energy-efficient improvements to an existing home, including metal roofs that meet the Energy Star program requirements. We have 5 colors that qualify for this tax credit.
Most metal roofing systems are made of recycled material. In fact, these investment-grade roofs contain up to 43 percent recycled material, from production to installation to reuse, far superior to traditional asphalt shingles. Often, metal roofs can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste associated with tearing off the old roof.
“Homeowners are looking for high-quality, low- maintenance solutions to their roofing problems. Gerard Metal roofing is the answer; Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing is your installer.” When Gerard metal roofing & Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing are combined you have your one / two punch.
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