14 Dec Do I need a roof ice and water shield?
With winter weather at our doorstep, it’s important to start thinking about how you can keep your home safe. Doing that starts with your roof. If ice dams form on your roof, then you run the risk of serious leaks and water intrusion, which leads to water spots, mold, mildew, and health issues for your family. Not to mention, you’ll have to replace parts of your roofing system and repair any interior damage done by the melting snow and ice. But, that begs the question, what can you do? One option is to use a roof ice and water shield.
What is a roof ice and water shield?
Before we can successfully determine if your home needs a roof ice and water shield, it’s important to understand what it even is. Essentially, the roof and ice water shield is an extra layer to a home’s roofing system that helps keep water out of the house. It’s a thin membrane that is attached under the shingles of a roof. Usually, the roof ice and water shield is only on the overhangs and in the valleys, as these are the two places leaks and ice dams occur most often.
Do I need a roof ice and water shield on my roof?
If you live in an area where winters are cold and snowy, then an ice and water shield is highly advised. As heat escapes through the roof of your home, any snow accumulation on your roof will begin to melt. The water from this thaw will of course run downhill to the edge of the roof where the heat is no longer a factor. It is here that the water may refreeze causing what is known as an ice dam. As more snow above the dam melts, the water runoff becomes trapped behind the dam and the upward slope of the roof. When this happens the water will seek any crevice in your home it can find as it continues its way to the ground. This is where a roof ice and water shield comes into play. By adding this additional layer of protection where ice dams are prone to form, you prevent the water from being able to find its way into your walls.
Installing a roof ice and water shield.
Indiana roofing contractors should be installing an ice and water shield on every roof they replace, no exceptions. As you start looking for a roofing contractor to help you with your home, be sure to ask about their policy with roof ice and water shields. If they don’t install them or they try to charge extra for the layer of protection on your roof, then you might consider finding a different roofing contractor.
Ready to get started with your roof repair or replacement project? The roofing contractors at Hoosier Contractors are ready to help! Contact us today to schedule a no-cost roof inspection! We’ll evaluate your roof, help you navigate through the insurance claims process, and be ready to update your roof the minute you are.