Removing a large volume of snow from the roof surface, though not always practical or safe for the average homeowner, is one sure way to eliminate the problem. Often the Ice Dam goes unnoticed until it has collected standing water behind it, which backs up under the shingles and flows into the home near the outside walls. If this happens emergency ice removal is needed. This ice chopping to clear a channel through which standing water can escape is only a short-term solution. It often cannot be done without some breakage of the shingles below. Another method of addressing the problem is the installation of Ice and Watershield membrane
. Ice and Watershield addresses the symptom of Ice Damming, the application of this rubberized nail hole sealing membrane beneath the shingles should provide a waterproof layer. This material must be installed in the proper manner or it will not work. Proper installation often requires gutter removal and more than one row (36 inches) of Ice and Watershield. Ice and Watershield does not prevent Ice Dams, but it should stop the water behind them from entering the living space.
Contact us at Tucek Roofing if you would like more information, or need an estimate for any roofing related work. (914) 268-5170.