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Three Tips to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Dec 6, 2017 11:21:00 AM

Cold weather brings snow and ice in Iowa, and it’s time to start thinking how to protect your home and roof from the adverse weather. Although the soft falling snow and those long, sparkling icicles on your house may seem beautiful, they can leave behind severe damage if not properly addressed.

When snow collects on your roof and melts, water flows downward and can freeze around your gutters, chimney, skylights, or other low angles of your roof. This forms large icicles, more commonly known as ice dams. If not prevented or removed, the water can cause damage to both the exterior and interior of your home.

Ice dams are a big problem for homeowners, but it is a fairly common issue that can be prevented. The best way to combat an ice dam is to find the source of the problem. Here are three tips on what to look for and how to get ahead of ice formation.

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Topics: ice dam prevention

Attic Ventilation 101: What It Is and Why You Need It

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jul 4, 2017 9:52:00 AM

If you’re like many other homeowners, you rarely go into your attic, but it's very important that you think about it now and then. The condition of an attic can have a significant effect on the rest of your home and is an essential factor in the support structure of your roof. If the attic isn’t properly ventilated, it can lead to a wide range of issues.

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Topics: ventilation, ice dam prevention

Is Your Humidifier Hurting Your Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 27, 2017 10:07:00 AM


At least a few times each winter, temperatures rise for a few days after a deep freeze. When this happens, a lot of homeowners notice what looks like water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this evidence may be a sign that your roof is leaking, when the temperatures rise suddenly, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. And one of the most likely causes of attic condensation can be your home’s humidifier.


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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency, home maintenance, ventilation, ice dam prevention

Can You Replace Your Roof During the Winter in Iowa?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM


Has your roof been besieged by the harsh winter weather? If your roof has suffered hail damage, lost shingles, or been struck by lightning, it may be in critical condition. If your home has ice dams—buildups of ice along the eaves of your roof and gutters—you may experience roof leaks and resulting damage (including the possible formation of dangerous mold). You may not be able to wait until the spring to replace your roof, but how do you do that work in Iowa in the winter? Is it even possible?


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Topics: roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing, ice dam prevention

Beautiful Roof Icicles Are Actually Harmful Ice Dams

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 16, 2016 11:06:00 AM


As a kid, waking up on winter mornings meant romping through the fresh fallen snow, building a fort, and maybe starting a snowball fight. As a homeowner, opening the door on a snowy morning more likely evokes some dread: of having to shovel driveways and walks, drive in wintery conditions, and worry about whether the roof will leak. Even the glistening icicles hanging off the roof, while beautiful, can be hazardous to your home’s health.


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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

What You Need to Know About Roofing Underlayment

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Nov 4, 2016 10:28:00 AM


A beautiful roof is one of the most important features of your home. It improves your home’s curb appeal, keeps you warm and dry, and protects your home from the damaging effects of hail and other rough weather. But underneath your home’s asphalt or architectural shingles is something that’s even more important to keeping your home safe and secure: its underlayment.

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Topics: roofing, energy efficiency, ice dam prevention

Can I Use Architectural Shingles to Replace My Historic Home's Roof?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Oct 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM


Repairing and updating historic homes in the Des Moines metro area and its surrounding towns helps preserve the unique look and feel of our communities. But older homes often need significant upgrades to be safe, habitable, and economically practical for homeowners. Frequently, historic homes need a complete roof replacement. Roofing materials that are historically correct may be extremely expensive, difficult to find, or impractical. In some cases, architectural shingles may be an option to replace your roof in a manner that preserves the historic look of your Iowa home.


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Topics: shingles, roofing, ice dam prevention

Help! I Think I Have an Ice Dam Problem!

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 29, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Those sparkly, shiny icicles lining the edge of your roof aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They could be a sign of a serious problem with the health and condition of your home. Ice dams form when heat seeps into the upper region of a building and creates warm patches across the roof. This is usually due to inadequate attic insulation and insufficient ventilation. Ice dams can damage your gutters, roof, and your entire home by leaving it susceptible to water intrusion, interior damage, and diminished indoor air quality.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, ventilation, ice dam prevention

How to Prevent Ice Dams in the Winter

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 31, 2015 12:09:16 PM

"Look at those pretty icicles lining the roof."  You might think differently of those sparkling pieces of ice dangling from your roof when you learn what harm they can inflict on your home. Icicles are often a sign of an ice dam problem, but don’t panic just yet. This is a pretty common issue that many homeowners must deal with at some point, and several measures can be taken to get rid of existing ice dams and prevent new ones from forming. If you don’t deal with an ice dam problem promptly, however, you could end up having to pay for some serious damage.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, ventilation, ice dam prevention

Raychem Ice Dam Prevention

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 7, 2015 3:20:00 PM

Ice buildup on a roof can be extremely damaging to the home. When snow accumulates on a roof, certain areas can melt at certain times of the day. Melting might occur when the sun is high in the sky and the temperature is at its peak for the day or when the heat is cranked up inside the home and warm air escapes to the attic to create warm patches on the roof.

During these times, snow melts and water flows toward the edges of the roof, often to the eaves and gutters. Because the edges of the roof are cooler, the melted snow may freeze before it can run off the roof. This is how ice dams form.

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Topics: ice dam prevention