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Rockland County Roofing: Article About Keeping Ice and Snow Off Roofs

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Neglecting to prepare a home's exterior and roof for the winter is one of the worst mistakes that homeowners can make. Roofs are often warmer than other exterior parts of the house because the hotter air inside the house rises towards the roof. The combination of warm air inside the home and cold air outside can lead to a variety of problems, including icicles and ice dams. Though Rockland County roofing companies can remove ice and snow from the eaves and other portions of the roof, those companies often recommend that homeowners learn how to prevent snow and ice from accumulating on the roof throughout the winter.

One of the top tools that roofing companies install on local homes are ridge vents. A roof consists of some type of deck that supports the underlayment and other components, but this deck can lead to snow accumulation, as it allows the temperature on the roof to fluctuate. Ridge vents go into the decking and allow more air to run underneath the roof and along the deck. This raises the temperature of the roof just enough so that it keeps snow and ice melting off the roof and moving away from the foundation. The number of ridge vents needed on a residential roof typically depends on the size and design of that roof.

The roofing contractors at Precision Roofing of Rockland County can answer questions regarding asphalt roofing or TPO roofing.

Another option for homeowners is the application of one or more heat cables. Heat cables are great because those cables can protect the roof, gutters and eaves of the house. As the ice and snow melts, it immediately follows the slope of the roof, which can lead to melted water gathering along the eaves. Once the temperature drops, that water freezes and becomes icicles or ice dams. Some professionals refer to heat cables as heat tape because the cables are so thin and lightweight.

The best way to install the heat cables is by wrapping the cables around the roof. Professional roofing contractors can arrange the cables in such a way that the cables run across the roof, through the gutters and along the downspouts before reaching an outlet on the outside of the house. Once plugged in and turned on, the cables spread heat throughout its length, which slowly melts any ice or snow that comes into contact with the cables. Proper installation ensures that the cables also keep melted water from freezing in the gutters or downspouts and causing clogs. Most companies recommend that homeowners contact them and schedule a time to install these products before winter starts.

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