Roof

Ice Dams – Protecting Your Home from Roof Ice

Ice dams, Madison WI, Sims Exteriors 608-825-4500

Ice dams channel melt-water into attics and living spaces.

This is the time of year when homeowners find themselves dreading the ice and damning the dams — the ice dams forming on eaves and along the edges of roofs.

There are plenty of reasons to hate ice dams. They damage roofs and the underlying structures, encourage water buildup and leaks, and reflect heat loss and general energy inefficiency. Unfortunately, once an ice dam forms it’s almost impossible to remove in any manner other than waiting for spring.

Ice dams form when snow — as little as one or two inches will do the trick — on a roof, is melted by heat leaking through the roof from the attic. The melting snow runs down the roof and refreezes at the roof edge, where there’s no house heat to keep the snow in liquid form. Continue reading

Roofing Review – Comparison of Roofing Materials

Every home needs a roof and homeowners have a wide selection of materials to choose from when hiring a reputable roofing contractor.

The Old Standby Roofing Has Improved

Composition shingles have improved the most over the past twenty years by changes in the manufacturing process. The result is they are more durable than ever.  In fact, all G.A.F. composition shingles are guaranteed for life. In the past you might have expected twenty to thirty years of service, now, with the newer G.A.F. composition shingles, you will have your roof on for as long as you own your home. Continue reading

How Do You Know If You Have Roof Hail Damage?

Roof hail damage is a common situation in Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The key is reacting when you think damage might have occurred. If leaks begin, water can ruin the interior of your home.

Hailstorms and the runoff from your roof will cause granules of asphalt to release starting the roof hail damage process. While the release of granules does happen over the course of a few years, a hail storm can cause a larger amount of granules to build up by downspouts, etc. Continue reading