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Preventing Ice Damming with Five Stars Roofing & Contracting LLC.

As long-time residents of Morris County, New Jersey, area, we understand the challenges of owning a home in the Northeast. Powerful storms and harsh conditions can wreak havoc on your roof, and we want to help. Along with our full-service roofing and exterior renovation services, we also offer reliable advice. With our help, your roof will withstand even the strongest storm.


Avoid Ice Damming

For those in the North Jersey area, ice damming is a familiar issue. When built-up snow cannot drain off of your roof, it creates overhanging ice that can damage surrounding fixtures. Ice dams typically occur after heavy snow accumulation and may seem inevitable. But with a properly installed roof, you can avoid pesky ice damming issues.

Your roof should be both beautiful and functional. In order to prevent ice damming, we install roofing with at least 6 feet of ice shield protection along the edges. The total amount is generally based on your roof's slope. Another key factor in preventing ice damming is intake and exhaust ventilation. This refers to the amount of fresh air that circulates beneath the roof's surface and travels towards its peak. During this process, the air removes moisture and abnormal heat accumulation, balancing the inside and outside temperature.

Working on Roof in the Snow

Additional Tips

When in doubt, we always recommend contacting a professional before dealing with ice damming. In the interim, the following advice will help you maintain your roof through the winter months.

• Never pack insulation on attic space or between rafters.
• Prevent contact with roof surface or decking.
• Use baffles in order to allow air flow.
• Use roof rakes with caution — some may be too high off the ground to effectively remove snow buildup.

A Note on Lighting

Recessing lighting on cathedral or vaulted ceilings can contribute to heat loss. This heat loss can melt ice and snow on your roof, ultimately creating a dam.