One of the most common winter problems that every homeowner has to face are ice dams. When melting snow forms water, it freezes again on your composite shingle roof’s edges, leading to the formation of ice dams. The primary reasons for ice dams are clogged roof gutters, poor ventilation, or the attic is warm.
If you don’t take care of this roofing problem immediately, it will damage the interior of your drywall, insulation, paint, gutters, and your composite shingle roof. Here are three tips on how you can remove ice dams from your composite shingle roof:
Avoid heating your roof
The most common thing that most homeowners do is apply heat to remove the ice dam. However, following this technique will cause the water to leak on to your ceilings, wall, and roof. Also, make sure that the temperature of your house doesn’t exceed 30°F, to stop warm air from rising towards the attic.
Eliminate the source of the ice dam
As ice dams are not good for your roof, it is vital that you eliminate the source, so that there is nothing to fuel its growth. As snow is its source, make sure that you remove it from your roof with the help of a snow rake.
While removing snow, make sure that you are not standing on a ladder or the roof, in case the ice dam breaks. Also, make sure that you don’t move the snow to the side as it can damage the composite shingles. Always pull the snow in your direction, to ensure that your roof is in one piece.
You can go to any home improvement store near your location to find products to remove ice dams. These products come in crystal or tablet form. They contain potassium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate, or ammonia sulfate.
Depending on the instructions of the product, you either have to place or sprinkle it on the roof gutter. You can also use a pantyhose or old stockings to fill it up with the product. After pacing, you can place it on the roof gutter. However, make sure that you change the position of the pantyhose/old stockings at regular intervals.
Use these three tips to remove ice dams from your composite shingle roof. If you are looking for a professional roofing company to take a look at your roof due to damage from ice dams, contact Prodigy Roofing & Construction today. Our professional roofing contractors inspect and diagnose your roof for free and give you the total cost of repair within 30 minutes!