Gutter Systems Installed
Every winter we see icicles hanging on gutters or eaves, especially living in the Midwest. As much as we believe icicles are another aspect of a “winter wonderland”, they can become a winter nightmare. Icicles can and will cause damage to your house. Types of damage is falling gutters, loose shingles, and water pouring into your house. All scenarios are detrimental, however water entering your house is the worst. Water will affect your insulation inside the attic (lose its R-value, lead to mold), damage paint, deteriorate the drywall, ruin wooden joists, and cause headaches.
Causes of an Ice Dam
Interior damage will be noticeable after weeks or months. Remember for water to enter your house it has passed through numerous home products decking, insulation, drywall, paint, & fascia. Numerous items may be damaged that are not noticed
Total Ice Dam Fix
Our project managers will assess each situation prior to providing an estimate. The cost for fixing ice damming depends on the severity of the ice dams (5-9 foot icicles), the height of the building, and amount of snow collected. We recommend the homeowner be home prior to starting the job. Recommendation is so we have water access to begin a job.
Duration: Expected time of completion varies on the size of the project and the type of roofing system. Roofs with metal or slate require us to work from our ladder. The combination of winter elements and slick surfaces demand us to take extra precaution.
How to Avoid Calling Us in the Future
Keep your gutters clean: Gutters and downspouts need to be completely cleaned before winter. If these items are filled with debris than melted snow will have no place to go.
Decrease sources of heat entering attic: Insulate ceiling lights (canned lights, fans, electrical boxes, & etc.). Lights naturally generate heat and if they lack appropriate insulation than heat will go into the attic. Additional issues: uninsulated attic hatches, ductwork, and improper exhaust units. House units that generate heat will cause issues if they’re located in the attic (furnace or heaters).
Improve attic insulation: Increase your attic insulation! Is your home have the same insulation it did 20 years ago? Add new insulation to the attic and increase the R-value. Going above and beyond in R-Value will benefit your home for other reasons than ice dams. Check your local building codes to make sure you have adequate insulation.
Ventilation, Ventilation, Ventilation, & Ventilation! A properly ventilated home is crucial for your house during all season, but especially winter. Call a contractor or research the Internet to see if your home is properly ventilated. A lack of airflow spells disaster for your entire house.
You can tell alot about a company by the employees they hire. TRC is a company of integrity. The project manager, Peter, came out and walked us through every detail of a new roof, siding and windows. He and His crew came out and completely transformed our home and when they were finished there wasn’t a trace that a total house facelift just happened except for the beauty they left behind. They are hard working, honest, dependable and always respectful.
Was totally impressed from the beginning visit to discuss replacing my roof to the final minute that the trucks left my property. Personnel were informative and caring in addition to giving me a good price that I could work with. The construction crew arrived ready to work and they sure did! Worked very hard for a day and a half and when they left, you couldn’t even tell they had replaced a roof because they were so thorough in their clean-up. Plus, the roof looks wonderful–matches the neighboring roofs in our community. Thank You, Total Roofing!
Thanks for working with me on getting my skylight removed from my townhome. I appreciate your flexibility with scheduling the work and the quality of the work your crew did.