Your Cedar Roof And Ice Dams
Ice dams are a problem for homeowners – and can occur on any sort of roofing material – including cedar! Learning about ice dams on your roof and how to deal with them can help prevent damage as well as keep you safe!
About Ice Dams
Ice dams occur during periods of heating and cooling throughout the winter. And while ice may seem like a normal part of winter, ice dams can cause some big problems for your home!
An ice dam forms as a ridge of ice along the edge of your roof that fails to melt completely. This ridge acts as a barrier, and when the surrounding snow and ice begins to melt it traps water on your roof. This typically occurs on roofs with a steeper slope as the water runs down the roof fast. The trapped water can pool on your roof, which then can push water up into your roofing structure. The water gets pushed up underneath the shingles which if left untreated can damage your decking and roof structure.
Cedar Roofing and Winter Damage
Cedar roofing can also be affected by sitting water as water can speed up the ageing process of wood or split and damaged cedar shake, so it’s important to get ice damage fixed. The other most obvious outcome of any ice or snow build up on a roof is roof leaks. Ice damage can cause gaps in your roof and allow water in to damage your home structure and cause mold problems. Removing ice dams is not a DIY job – particularly where cedar is concerned! Ice dams on cedar are extra slippery, and as cedar is fragile to walk on, you will want to call a professional.
The worst and most dangerous thing you could do is go on your own roof to try and remedy the problem. As wood expands and contracts with heat and moisture, ice can actually freeze into cedar shake instead of just on top of it. This can split your shakes and make them unstable, or even break off portions entirely. For ice damming on cedar roofs, you will need a professional to remove the ice that is present and use ventilation and heat to keep it from returning.
A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. – Chicago’s Top Cedar Roofing Contractors
If you need professional help with your cedar roof, contact A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. Our teams are experts when it comes to cedar roofing. From installation to maintenance – we do it all! Cedar roofing requires specialized care and attention – and our contractors are here to help remove the ice and get your roof leak free again.
In order to remove ice from your roof – contact us to set up an appointment. We will send a team out to assess the severity of the ice dam or roof leak, and repair it to the highest standards. We have over 15 years of experience in cedar roofing, and are focused on doing jobs to the highest standards and making our customers happy. Let us help you with ice and snow damage to your cedar roof to extend the life of your roof, prevent leaks, and keep your home looking great!