Now that winter is fast approaching, you can expect that the incoming snow and ice will affect your roof in a negative manner. A metal roofing system is no exception. Due to the cold weather of the winter season, ice dams are one of the chief issues that a roofing system can face. Thankfully, it is possible to stop ice dams from developing on your metal roof.
- Insulation – While metal roofs on their own can reduce the risks of ice dams, it still requires proper insulation if you want a higher chance of stopping them from forming. If you live in colder regions, experts recommend that you install attic and ceiling insulation of R-38 or more. For extra protection, you can also consider adding ice and water shields and waterproof underlayments to prevent water intrusion.
- Proper ventilation – Even though you have a metal roof, proper ventilation is still important for cold weather. With that in mind, consider asking your roofing contractors to install soffit-to-ridge ventilation systems to help maintain the consistent roofing temperatures to prevent ice dams from forming.
- Prevent air leaks – While ventilation is an important factor in preventing ice dam formation, stopping air leaks play an important role as well. Therefore, make sure to seal all ceiling openings to ensure that warm interior air won’t pass into attic spaces and cause the temperatures of your roof to increase. To accomplish this, consider using caulk or foam insulation to seal the wiring, plumbing and exhaust fan openings. If you’re inexperienced in doing this, on the other hand, make sure to hire a contractor to get the job done.
- Choose the right metal roofing option – Surprisingly enough, the right roofing material can go a long way in preventing ice dams from forming on your metal roof. When choosing a metal roof, select one that has smooth surfaces, special coatings, the right temperature control capabilities and tight, interlocking installation systems so they’re naturally impervious to water.
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