The formation of ice dams on the edges of your home's roof not only cause damage to your shingles or other roofing material and the underlayer of roof decking, but they can also cause leaks into your home's interior and exterior walls and framing, and cause mold and mildew growth and the risk of allergies and asthma from the growth. Water leaks through your home's roof can also soak into and damage fiberglass batting insulation to cause a reduction in your home insulation and allow heat loss.
One of the hallmarks of winter is a roof encrusted with overhanging icicles. Although this archetypal image of a winter may seem innocuous, icicles are the harbinger of a major winter roof issue: ice dams.
Here are some tips to help you prevent ice dams from forming and repair them when they do:
Prevention: Why and How?*
Why do ice dams form?
Ice dams occur when warm air from your home moves through your ceiling and into your attic.
Patio doors often don't get as much attention as front doors. However, if you use your backyard a lot or if your patio door is in a main living area of your home, it likely makes a huge impact on the style of your home. Patio doors can last for decades, but eventually, you may need a new door. Here are five signs you should consider a new patio door.
If you're sitting inside on a cold winter's day, the last thing you want to see is water dropping in around the pipe of your wood burning stove. Luckily, you can easily prevent this issue from happening with the right installation tips, and if you are experiencing leaks on a stove pipe that has already been installed, there are several things you can do to remedy the situation.
1. Cut the hole tightly.
Buying a home is a huge responsibility. Whether you are a handy person or not, you are suddenly expected to know how to properly maintain this several hundred thousand dollar investment. Homeowners need to keep an eye on everything from the foundation to the roof, and everything in between. Unfortunately, the average homeowner has no idea how to maintain a home's basic mechanical systems, like the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical. With your home's roof, however, it is fairly easy to know when you need to call in professional roofing services.