Some of you might be thinking the big icicles that hang down from you roof are neat to look at, but these are a sign of ice damming. These nuisances can cause much unwanted damage to your home. If you live in Nebraska, you are well aware that winters around here can be very cold and snowy. This sort of weather allows snow to build up on the roof of your home, which is the first line of defense against inclement conditions. The accumulated snow on your roof will begin to melt when warm air from your home comes up through the roof. Once the melting water crosses the eaves of the roof, where it is much colder, it refreezes. This causes a barrier of ice to build up into the gutters and on the roof edge. This ice barrier will eventually trap any additional water flow causing the water to back up under the shingles or work its way into damaged areas of the roof. If you have not noticed water coming into your home after a heavy rainfall, but it is leaking after a snowstorm; this is most likely due to ice damming.
Water entering your home by way of ice dam can cause damage to your roof, ceilings, walls, and attic including the insulation. After a heavy snow, it is important to remove at least the first six feet of snow from the edge of your roof. This will help prevent ice dams from occurring or temporarily help stop any major leaks from happening if an ice dam has already formed. This process can be very cold and dangerous and you can easily damage the roof if not done correctly. It is often better to wait for a professional roofer to take the risk. McKinnis roofing offers snow removal from roofs by professionals with full insurance coverage. The cost for this service is $140.00 per hour for most homes and will generally run less than $300. Our experienced foreman will provide you with an up-front guesstimate prior to starting the work. Please call today to set up an appointment for snow and ice dam removal!