What You Should Know About Ice Dams

As much as people like the colder weather up North and no matter how much fun the snow can be to play in and look at during the winter time, it can cause a wide range of issues for your home, especially the roofing system. When the snow on your house begins to melt, it flows off like rain. However, if the temperatures drop again after the snow starts melting, you face a new problem: ice dams. The formation of ice dams on your roof can cause major damage to the roof and other parts of your home and can lead to extensive and costly repairs in the winter as well as in the spring when the snow and ice all begins to melt. Here at Stay Dry Roofing we have experience with winter roof care and maintenance and can assist you so you know everything you need to know about ice dams this winter.

What Exactly Are Ice Dams?

“There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof’s outside surface must be above 32 degrees F while lower surfaces are below 32. For a portion of the roof to be below 32, outside temperatures must also be below 32. When we say temperatures above or below 32, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time. The snow on a roof surface that is above 32 will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32 and freezes. Voila! – an ice dam” (University of Minnesota Extension).

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The dams form and can quickly grow because it is being steadily fed by the melting snow above it. However, the ice will only form in areas of the roof where the roofing material reaches 32 degrees or colder. When the water hit this area, it will refreeze and form the ice dam and stop the water from flowing any farther off the roof’s edge.  So, the water above the dam backs up and stays in a melted liquid state because it is in contact with roofing material that is above freezing. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic, it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

This is why it is important to be mindful of ice dams this winter and why you need to be mindful of how well your roofing system is insulated and if any known damage is present before the snow and ice begin to accumulate.

Do Ice Dams Cause Damage to Homes?

Ice dams are a common cause for roof leaks, and if your roof is leaking you could end up with expensive interior damages. Leaks can lead to wet and infective insulation which only worsen the heat and air exchange between your home and the outside air. Water that gets into your home can ruin ceiling and walls and even reach to your floor where it can rot floorboard and ruin carpeting. All of this wet material can cause mold and mildew to form which can not only worsen the decay and staining but it can put you and your family at risk for health issues.  Individuals who have allergies or who are sensitive to things like old can become very sick and even be hospitalized because of the mold. Other conditions can be made worse and many people experience sinus infections, chronic coughs, and other problems because of the mold caused by a leaky roofing system.  Ice dams can make existing damage worse and can cause even more damage which is why you must be mindful of them and be vigilant during the winter and understand how these ice dams form and lead to damage.

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“Heat from the house travels to the roof surface in three ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is heat energy traveling through a solid. A good example of this is the heating of a cast iron frying pan. The heat moves from the bottom of the pan to the handle by conduction. If you put your hand above the frying pan, heat will reach it by the other two methods. The air right above the frying pan is heated and rises. The rising air carries heat/energy to your hand. This is heat transfer by convection…In a house, heat moves through the ceiling and insulation by conduction through the slanted portion of the ceiling. In many homes, there is little space in regions like this for insulation, so it is important to use insulations with high R-value per inch to reduce heat loss by conduction” (University of Minnesota Extension). R-value is how well the material will insulate so three inches of insulation with a 25 R-value is better than three inches of insulation with a 15 R-value. A local roofing expert, like our team here at Stay Dry Roofing, can assist you with finding the best insulation for your attic and roof so you can prepare for the coming snow and ice and so you can work to prevent ice dams this winter.

Can Ice Dams be Prevented?

The best strategy for preventing ice dams is to keep your roof cold. First, make sure you have the right kind of insulation installed, using R-38 at the very least. Next, it is important to inspect your roofing system inside and out at least once a year but two or more times a year is ideal. This will ensure you are noting any and all changes and can detect problems and damages when they are minor. Dealing with them before they have the chance to get out of hand is critical! You also should do routine checks of your roof to look for leaks where air can move between your home and the outside. These are known as energy leaks and are a prime place for roof damage to occur, especially if you do get ice dams forming. Your best bet is to work with a roofing professional to come in and test your home for energy leaks, particularly up to the roof, after which they can recommend the best course of action.

If your home is due for some remodeling or repairs involving the roof or siding, take the opportunity to find and seal air leaks and upgrade your insulation.  You may also want to consider a new roof or a major upgrade to ensure your roofing system is ready for the winter cold ahead. Preventing ice dams from forming will save you money overall, by increasing the lifespan of your roof, keeping your roof in good condition, maintaining the integrity of your home’s structure, and keeping insulation in peak working condition. For a professional inspection or for emergency help in the event of an ice dam, contact Stay Dry Roofing today and let us help you with the best local expert roofing care available. Call now to get started and protect your home from ice dams this winter!

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Less Obvious Signs of Storm Damage You Need to Watch For

“Government codes and regulations are designed to ensure maximum safety of a building’s future inhabitants as well as the construction crews that work on them. State and local governments abide by the standards set forth by the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association” (Government Requirements). We all know the importance of the roof and we all know, even if we are not consciously aware of it, that the safety and security of our family, possessions, and our home itself depends on the strength and reliability of the roof. This is why it is so important to take care of your roofing system, especially following any sort of storm or high wind event.  You must check for both the obvious as well as the less obvious signs of storm damage.

After a storm or high winds, such as we see often here in Indianapolis, most homeowners know to look for signs of damage. As soon as the storm passes, they head outside and do a quick check of their property and see if their roof and everything else is still in one piece. However, many homeowners today are not well versed in roof care and specifics so what do you look for exactly when inspecting your roof after a storm? Branches on the roof, broken gutters, holes in the roof, torn or missing shingles, damaged flashing, standing water, and the like are the most common things homeowners look for. Those are all good things to check for since you want to address any damage as soon as possible!

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Hidden Signs of Roof Damage – It’s Not Always Obvious!

Unfortunately, there is a lot of damage that can occur to the roofing system that is not so obvious to the untrained eye, especially when looked at from the ground.  Less obvious signs of storm damage can easily go unnoticed by the homeowner initially. This leads to an issue where problems grow and become major problems down the road. Th key is to know and identify hidden signs early so they can be addressed before more of your roofing system is damaged or compromised! That is where our team of experts here at Stay Dry Roofing can come in and make all the difference in the world as we look for the hidden signs of roof damage that not everyone can easily identify.

Loss of Granules

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the asphalt shingles on their roofs right now are covered in sand-like granules. These essential little components are hard to see and are invisible when viewed from the ground. However, it is this component of the shingle that helps block UV rays, reduced heat buildup, and provides a sort of water shield on the surface of the shingle. If there are a substantial number of granules piled at the end of the drain spout or you see them scattered over your lawn and driveway you may need new shingles. Without the granules, the shingles are exposed and will not do as good a job at protecting your roof from the effects of storms and other environmental impacts. This is one of the less obvious signs of storm damage that we see homeowners overlook the most here at Stay Dry Roofing. So, make sure your roof is in tip-top shape and call us today for a post-storm inspection.

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Shingles Damaged by Hail

Many homeowners think they know what hail damage looks like. They envision a hole or dent in their shingles that will look the same anytime hail damage has occurred. This is a misconception and it costs many homeowners because they miss the early signs of roof damage. The exact look of the damage will be a little different each time based on the type of roof you have, how bad the hail was, and what direction the storm was moving. Our trained roofing experts, however, can easily identify even the smallest telltale warning signs that damage has occurred. We look for things like dents, bruises, cracks, worn area, and broken edges on shingles usually cannot be seen from the ground level. This is why we recommend you don’t trust a simple walk-around of your home- you need a full up-close diagnosis to be sure. These less obvious signs of storm damage can be easily detected by our team of experts.

Lifting Shingles

Shingles which has been torn off and lay scattered around your yard and driveway are rightfully concerning. However, one of the less obvious signs of storm damage is the lifting of the shingles. When shingles get loose they can begin to pull away and break the tight seal they form on the roof. This might not be as obvious right away, especially if you are inspecting from the ground only. Some homeowners wrongfully assume that if they do detect lifting shingles that they just aren’t worth worrying about. The truth is, the shingles have still been damaged and are no longer performing up to their full potential. Just as a seal that is partly cracked will let some water in, so too will the shingles allow rainwater to slowly seep into your home because there is no longer a water-tight seal. The Stay Dry Roofing team can inspect and replace damaged shingles for you so you can rest easy when the next storm rolls through!

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Dented Gutters and Flashing

There are many ways homeowners overlook and disregard some of the less obvious signs of storm damage. And they all come back to haunt them in the end. One such sign of damage that is frequently overlooked is problems with the gutters and flashing.  From the ground, you might spot major issues like broken pieces, lodged branches, and other obvious signs. However, even smaller dents, debris lodges within the drain spouts, and loose fittings and attachments can also pose a major risk to your roofing system. Left unchecked, these less obvious signs of storm damage will only grow and will eventually become major issues. It is always best to do an inspection after a storm that has had a lot of rain or wind with it to ensure your gutters and flashing are still firmly attached and are not damaged. That ounce of prevention after a storm will save you time and money down the road so call us today for a post-storm inspection.

Minor Holes and Leaks

Any damage that your roofing system sustains because of a storm is bad. Small damage is still damage and it can still lead to worsening problems down the road. Minor leaks will grow and cause major damage to your roof and your home’s interior as well. Little issues like cracked shingles and loose gutters will soon grow into bigger issues that can cause serious damage. Any damage detected on your roof needs to be treated like a big deal because even if it’s not a big issue right now, it will soon become one if left unaddressed. If you have seen any signs of damage or you are concerned about your roof, pick up the phone and call your roofing experts today for a professional inspection. You would not ignore the check engine light in your car so don’t ignore the warning signs your roof is trying to send to you. Take care of minor damage and problems now while you still can!

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Help With the Less Obvious Signs of Storm Damage

“Roof systems (ranging from roof coverings to structural members) typically fail when winds produce forces greater than the capacity provided by the elements of the roof system. Winds can tear roof coverings from roof decks and can separate roof decks from framing. Roofs can also fail if punctured by windborne debris. In most cases, debris punctures pose less of a problem on residential structures, where a roof ’s slope may limit the amount of rain that can enter a puncture (unless that puncture occurs in a valley or other area of the roof where water is channeled or collected). However, in buildings with flat or low sloped roofs, punctures from windborne debris can lead to extensive interior damage” (FEMA).

If your roof has sustained damage after a storm or you think it might have, call us today here at Stay Dry Roofing. We have decades of experience, working in the local area helping homeowners just like you! When it comes to detecting the less obvious signs of storm damage we know what to look for and we know what to do to get your roofing system back in tip-top shape. Call us today for a consultation and free estimate! Keep yourself, your family, your possessions, and your home safe and secure with a quality roofing system that will hold up against any storm. Don’t put off roof maintenance and repair work. Call in the experts and let s show you why more homeowners in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas trust us for expert help with the less obvious signs of storm damage! Get started now!

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Winter Roof Care in Indianapolis

As the cooler weather descends and snow begins to accumulate on the roof, there is a lot that homeowners need to think about. One of the biggest chores in the winter is making sure the roof survives the brutal effects this time of year can have on the home. But what are the signs that you may be facing a potential winter headache with your roof? Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we know the warning signs most often seen this time of year. If you stay on the lookout for these three key warning signs you will be in good shape for winter roof care:

Snow Accumulation

removing snow from the roofGood winter roof care starts before the snows even begin to fall and ends after the snows have fully melted away. When the snow gets too thick on the roof it can cause problems. Snow gets heavy and can quickly pack down into dangerous snow packs that can easily damage the roof and when these snow packs get too heavy they can even be too much strain for the support struts of the roofing system.  Also, heavy sections of this snow accumulation are prone to suddenly giving way and sliding off the roof. This can damage the roof by tearing off shingles and gouging holes into the roof and it can also tear off gutters and falling snow packs can injure people or pets and damage vehicles and other possessions. So snow accumulation has to be kept under control!

Icicles on Gutters and Eves

ice dam damgersIcicles are another warning sign the winter roof care is needed. They may look beautiful in the morning with the sun setting them aglow but if your roof has massive icicle spikes forming along the gutters and eaves then you should take note. This is a major warning sign for the formation of an ice dam, possibly the biggest threat to the roof and your home as well in the winter. These heavy patches of ice will put undue stress on the supports of the roof and can also cause severe water damage when they melt. They also make the roof slippery and unsafe if anyone tried to go up to clear off snow after a massive snowstorm. If you suspect you have ice dams forming you need to call in the Stay Dry Roofing experts and let us help you safely remove the threat!

Water Damage Inside

winter roof careWhen the roof has been compromised in some way and has missing shingles, damaged struts, or compromised lining, the interior of your home can be at great risk for water damage as the winter season ends. As the warmer weather comes, ice and snow will begin to melt and run off your roof. If the water runs over damaged areas of the roof it can seep into your home and cause water leaks. If water finds its ways into your home a lot of damage can be done very quickly because it can affect the supports in the attic, your celling our walls, it can leak down into the floorboards, and leaks in the ceiling often end up dropping onto other possessions such as furniture or electronics. Call our emergency roofing repair team if you discover you have leaks caused by winter snow and ice damage!

Contact Us For Winter Roof Care

The best way to avoid these winter roofing hazards is to have the professional team here at Stay Dry Roofing help you with all aspects of your roof care and maintenance.  If you need repairs, give us a call, we will handle it for you!  Contact us today to get started on your winter roof care plan!

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Waiving Insurance Deductibles on Roof Work in Indiana?

After a storm the scam artists come out in full force it seems, offering deals that are too good to be true and discounts that seem like they would never be able to survive on. When it comes to roofing services, remember that in almost all cases, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is! At Stay Dry Roofing we have seen far too many of our clients contact us after they fell victim to a scam. Many roofing scams offer promises such as:

  • waiving insurance deductibles on roof work
  • reimbursement of the deductible
  • getting the roof work done at no cost to the homeowner
  • offering deductible payment assistance
  • MASKING THE DEDUCTIBLE AS SOMETHING ELSE ( This is still illegal and you could get penalized severely)

It seems like a great deal at first glance, but remember too good is too good! Buyer beware! For answers to the question of “Can roofers pay your insurance deductible?’ read on:

Waiving Insurance Deductibles on Roof Work

One of the ways that some of the less than moral roofing companies get away with paying the deductible is they will charge you the full amount the insurance company has agreed to pay out- whether the project needs it or not. They will charge you the price they quoted and then find extra add-ons that will change the final price you are given that you will then pass on to the insurance company when you file your claim. This leaves the insurer over-billed—and has the potential of landing you with insurance fraud or at the very least a lot of hassle, red tape, questions, and work that will take some time to unravel and take care of!

What To Look For, And What To Avoid

Out-of-town “storm chasers” should always raise suspicious flags. It is important to make sure you check where the roofing contractors are based out of and where they are licensed.This is a much better situation than having someone who is not licensed in your state. If there is ever talk of waiving insurance deductibles then run. Someone who promises to pay things for you or wants to come in without you contacting them first to do roofing work for you is a sign to politely decline.  It’s best to call a local contractor. Anyone who offers to waive insurance deductibles on roof work they want to do for you is someone who usually should not be trusted- nine times out of ten it will end up costing you just as much or even more than if you just did things the normal, legal way. If someone asks can roofers pay your insurance deductible legally the answer is no, though some will argue it is possible and doable if you are willing to take the risk. Here at Stay Dry Roofing we encourage everyone to walk or run away from any roofing contractor who offers to cover your insurance premiums.

Waiving Insurance Deductibles on Roof Work

Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we are committed to providing the very best in quality service to each and every one of our customers. We will never cut corners or try to pad our pockets at your expense. Waiving insurance deductibles on roof work no reputable contractor will ever suggest and neither will we! We have had customers come to us during their first consultation and ask us “can roofers pay your insurance deductible for you?” and we use this as a chance to educate them about the legalities of this matter.  If you would like to know more about this and how to protect yourself, call us and set up your consultation appointment today so we can help take the confusion out of it all for you!

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