Verona Roofing: Article About Solve Winter Roofing Problems This Summer
Summer is the best time to prepare your roof for winter. Although you would rather spend your summer days on the lake, winter weather will be here all too soon, wreaking havoc on the poorly prepared. Snowy weather and prolonged periods of subfreezing temperatures can be a lethal combination for your roof. To combat destructive ice dams, you'll need to prepare your attic with the knowledgeable assistance of an experienced Verona roofing contractor. There are several areas that must be addressed.
First, you'll need to make sure that your home's ceiling is air sealed. This process makes sure that there is no air traveling between your home's living spaces and the attic. Penetrations in the ceiling such as can lights and vent fans are the most obvious offenders. Other areas can be problematic as well and require the trained eye of a professional roofer to properly seal them. Once the attic is air sealed, you'll want to make sure that you have the correct amount of insulation. In the Great Lakes Region, you'll want to insulate your attic at an R60 level or greater.
Finally, the attic must be properly ventilated. The Wisconsin Roofing Contractors Association suggests that roofers follow the NRCA guidelines for attic ventilation by installing one square foot of combined intake and exhaust passive ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic floor space.
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Complicated rooflines may require extra ventilation to promote proper air flow.
An untreated attic warms the roof and causes accumulated snow to melt. The meltwater flows under the rooftop snow until it comes in contact with the unheated overhang. It then refreezes and forms ice dams that are the root cause of many roofing problems and other related home repairs. In severe cases, meltwater can even leak into the home, short the wiring and cause a house fire.
The combination of air sealing, insulating and ventilating your attic prevents the processes that are responsible for the formation of ice dams and their associated repair costs. As an added incentive, taking care of your attic can extend the life of your HVAC system and lower your heating and cooling bills by as much as 15 percent. That's like getting free energy for one month every year. With that kind of savings, you'll actually be able to spend more time enjoying the fun and recreation that summer has to offer without worrying about what the winter will bring.