How to Handle Ice Dams on your Roof

Ice dams can be a huge pain during the wintertime, especially during the New England winters. With snow on its way, it is important to be able to identify, remove and ultimately prevent ice dams, with the help of someone experienced with roofing.

So, What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edge of a roof during the winter. It forms by starting as a layer of snow. During the warmer hours of the day, or due to bad insulation in a home, the snow underneath heats up and creates a pool of water. This pool of water ultimately runs down the roof and then refreezes when it reaches the colder roof’s edge, which forms a mound of ice near where your gutter should be. This ice dam can cause a lot of damage, to the interior and exterior of the home, as well as the gutters and downspout.

Damage of Ice Dams

Ice dams can cause many issues, as mentioned above. These include wet and stained ceiling walls, as well as peeling paint and internal rot to the structure of your home. If one falls off of the side of your roof, there is a chance that it could take the gutters and downspouts with it, while also destroying anything that it hits on its way down, including people, pets, and landscaping.

How to Remove Ice Dams

Removing ice dams is a bit of a failsafe, as they should always be avoided at all costs, but there are a few things you can do to fix the problem once it is in front of you, but you should always consult with a roofing specialist, as this can be very dangerous.

  • Remove by breaking it off with a blunt mallet
  • Melt it with a calcium chloride ice melter
  • Clear all gutters and downspouts

How to Prevent Ice Dams

  • Ventilation of home
  • Avoid warm air leaking into attic
  • Insulate all living spaces
  • Scrape snow from roof

If you need new roofing or need a professional to look at your roofing, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form or by calling us at 781-899-6353.

How To Avoid Water Damage On Your Roof

Water damage can be detrimental to your roof. It can be caused by a huge array of things, from rain, to hail, to snow, there are so many things that could cause this. These events are naturally occurring and there is no way to prevent water damage from occurring, but there are a few steps you can take to avoid severe water damage costing a lot of money in the future. Let’s look at some of these things.

Shingles: Missing shingles can cause you lots of problems in the future. By replacing them individually, you save yourself the hassle of replacing your entire roof, when you could have put it off a few more years. Acting fast can be a real lifesaver. Making sure you recognize and are constantly giving your roof a quick glance can make your life easier in the long run.

Pools of Water: Seeing pools of water can be a sign that your roof is about to incur some water damage. Making sure that these are taken care of and cleaned up before they have a chance to sink in is huge and can save you lots of money in the short and long term.

Gutters: Making sure your gutters are cleaned and properly taken care of can be a huge help, as it does not allow for the water to build up and cause issues.

Attic: The attic ceiling will most likely be the first sign that your roof has water damage. By monitoring this area, you can have a better sense of what you are getting yourself into, as well as how much damage there actually is. Keeping this room well-ventilated can be very helpful when trying to avoid water damage.

Snow: Like water pooling, it is important to remove any ice dam buildup during heavy snow seasons. In New England, we typically experience a lot of this, and therefore it is a good reminder.

If you need new roofing, or need a professional to look at your roofing, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form or by calling us at 781-899-6353.

When Do You Need To Replace Your Roofing?

It can be difficult to gauge when to replace your roofing, as many times the damage can be fixed with a few minor fixes. However, there are a few ways that you can determine whether you need to replace your entire roof, or not. Let’s look at some of these items.

Check your attic: The attic will be the first place you notice anything. If there is any sunlight at all in the room, or if it is not properly ventilated, you will need to replace the roof. A way to avoid this is by making sure your attic is properly ventilated, as well as properly insulated. The attic can reach about double the temperature as the inside of your home if not properly ventilated, and this can cause roofing problems.

Age of the Roof: Roofs can last between 20 and 25 years, so they should be checked consistently every few years, to be sure, and then have a thorough inspection at the 20-year mark.

Rot and Damage: Rot and damage to a home can be detrimental if they are not taken care of. Water damage, especially, can be a huge issue for many homes. This also relates to damage from winter snow and ice, which causes massive problems if not fixed right away. This kind of damage can make the roofing structure cave in on itself and potentially collapse, leaving your home vulnerable to many things, such as water flooding, animals, etc.

Plants: If there are plants growing on your roof, or to be more specific, moss, fungi, and other frequent elements, this is a sign that the roofing structure may be compromised. If you frequently remove these, then you will have no problem, but letting this grow and expand can really cause problems for the future.

If you need a new roof or need a professional to take a look at your roof, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form or by calling us at 781-899-6353.

Vinyl Siding Project in Hudson, MA

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This Winter, Three Sons Window & Door installed new vinyl siding to a home located in the town of Hudson Massachusetts. For the vinyl siding, we used Ply Gem Harbor Gray. Vinyl siding is one of the most popular exterior cladding for homes and there are a lot of benefits when added to your home. The exterior is practically maintenance free where it does not need to be painted.

Installing vinyl siding on your home is also very energy efficient because it helps reduce drafts and saves money on your energy bills. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors to help complement your home. It can also stand up to severe weather and maintain its original appearance and last over long periods of time.

Three Sons Window & Door also installed a new roof to this Hudson home using Certain Teed Architectural Shingles in beautiful Granite Gray.

If you’re looking for vinyl siding or roofing installers, contact Three Sons Window & Door today at 781-899-6353 or fill out our contact form!

Winter Maintenance for your Home

Winter is almost here and it’s important to make sure you home is in good condition for the cold winter months. Check out some tips for home winter maintenance:

  • Clean your gutters: Blocked gutters can result in melting ice and snow to enter your roof or foundation causing serious damage.
  • Evaluate your Roof: Throughout the year the severe weather can result in shingles and tiles to break and even create leaks and holes. Make sure before snow collects on your roof you make sure it’s in good condition.
  • Seal the windows: Inspect your windows to see if there is a draft coming through, you should seal these windows to keep heat in and energy bills low.
  • Check your attic: You want to make sure your attic has properly installed insulation and ventilated for the winter.  Ventilation lead cold air into the attic, while the insulation seals heat in your home.
  • Prepare for winter storms: In the case of severe snowstorm make sure you have a fully-stocked emergency kit that includes batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches, and warm clothes and blankets.

If you need any help with your roof this winter, contact Three Sons at 781-899-6353 or fill out our contact form online!