How Can I Prevent Ice Damage on My Roof in Mount Juliet?

An ice dam has formed on a residential roof.

If you discover ice dam damage on your roof in Mount Juliet, our team of qualified professionals at Centennial Roofing can help. Ice dams happen when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and refreezes at night. After several days of these melting and refreezing cycles, melted water and ice can get underneath the shingles, causing water damage in attics, ceilings, and walls.

Here are some things you can do to prevent ice dams from forming from the National Weather Service:

  • If you haven’t already, thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and other debris from your home’s gutters and downspouts. This allows melting snow to flow into gutters and downspouts.
  • Make every effort to keep snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices on the market called “roof rakes” let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances of ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
  • All winter long, keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles.
  • Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Most experts agree that the R-value of the attic insulation should be at least R-30 (R-38 is preferable in northern climates). In addition, good airflow under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the vents is essential. The venting allows the attic air to stay cold enough to prevent or minimize the freeze/thaw cycle on the roof.

Call Us Today!

Centennial Roofing specializes in residential and commercial roofing repair and replacement in Mount Juliet. We are fully licensed general contractors (Lic.#68585) and hold the coveted highest A+ Better Business Bureau rating. Our team of licensed insurance adjusters and independently certified roof inspectors are waiting to assist you. Call us today at (615) 278-6600.

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