We’ll just come right out and say it: very few roofs are capable of completely preventing ice dams from ever forming. Sometimes our inclement weather wins. We saw this happen first-hand all across Chicago in early 2021.
The best defense against ice dams is a good roofing company (contact us for an estimate) to ensure that your roof is built to perform during our long, cold Chicago winters. We recommend the installation of high quality roofing products, such as synthetic underlayment and Ice & Water Shield. This is just one example of how we offer our expertise to homeowners, treating each and every project that we take on as if it were our own home.
When purchasing a new roof, you get what you pay for. A key component of any roof is Ice & Water Shield. Though shingles repel water, they are not impervious to absorbing water that can build up behind an ice dam. Ice & Water Shield (I&W Shield) protects areas prone to ice dams from leaking. Because of this, we always recommend more Ice & Water Shield than local code requirements to ensure your roof lasts for its intended lifetime. Offering the best protection of your home is our priority. More eaves and valleys means more protective material is necessary. We put two courses of I&W Shield on most roofs, meaning six feet of width on eaves and valleys instead of only three feet, exceeding code requirements. I&W Shield is a key component for roof protection in climates where ice dams form and large icicles are prone to accumulate.
The best way to prevent ice dams is insulation and ventilation.
Prepare well for our harsh winters. Ensure that your roof is protected. It all starts with high quality roofing materials, proper ventilation and insulation, and excellent workmanship.
Looking for help with your ice dams? Needing insulation or ventilation products? Send us a message or call us today.