How to Remove Snow & Ice From Your Roof

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While the heat is still teasing the Cincinnati area, we all know that snow and ice is right around the corner. Snow and ice can take over your roof and it's important to keep tabs on how the accumulation of precipitation is sitting on your home. 

Dangling and jagged icicles aren't just a danger to people, they could also be a hazard to your home. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and stops melting snow from draining off the roof. What happens is the water will start to backup underneath the shingles and will eventually get into the interior of your home. 

To remove ice DIY, there are roof salt products that can help to thaw the ice. Avoid using salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow off the roof as they are super corrosive and can also damage grass and tress if they come in conatct. 

You can also setup your roof with gutter screens to keep debris, water, and ice from building up in your gutter. 

If you'd like to remove snow you can get a roof rake that you can use from the ground. 

If you feel like the snow and ice has gotten to much to handle on your roof or you're worried there may be damage, call 513-731-ROOF for a free no risk consultation! 

How to Find A Chimney Leak

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One of the true joys of the winter is getting to settle down in front of a fresh, roaring fire. If you are a home owner lucky enough to have a chimney and fireplace in your home. One of the toughest parts of a chimney is finding out where a leak is to cover it up! Here is what you should do to cover up a leak in your chimney!

 

Leaks around fireplace chimneys are common and can be hard to identify the source. Chimney roof leaks are usually caused by gaps or cracks between the metal flashing used to join the chimney to the roof and the chimney. 

First you need to inspect the flashing for gaps and cracks. 

Then you need to apply roof cement to the gaps or cracks. 

Finally, attach any loose flashing securely to the chimney with nails! 

If you're finding any issue that you don't feel like you can handle, call 513-731-ROOF

4 False Ideas About Attic Vents!

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Not a lot of people know much about roof ventilation! Ventilation is a sub section of roofing people assume they know about but there are five ideas people have that are not the right idea. We'll discuss those ideas here.

1. I Have Roof Vents, So My Ventilation is Good

While there isn't a consensus on which ventilation system is the best, most contractors agree some roof vents don't work at all. For example, ridge vents while being the cheapest, without baffles a ridge vent might crate almost no ventilation at all. Another popular style are gable vents. These may only circulate a small percentage of the air in your attic. Static vents on your roof-line are effective for ventilation but generally have lots of issues with leaks. Soffit vents might leave air trapped at the top of your attic. The most effective designs of roof ventilation use a ridge and soffit continuous ventilation system. 

2. Roof Vents Remove Warm Air During Winter

Because heat rises, some people think ventilating an attic space during winter means you're releasing all the warm are and leaking all the free warmth you have. If this were actually happening, the problem would be with your insulation, not your vents! 

3. More Attic Ventilation is Good

In the same way you need the correct air conditioning unit for your home, you need the right sized attic ventilation too. Big roof vents can create additional places for your roof to be penetrated. Potentially more leaks! Preventing moisture damage is a much greater benefit than ventilation and in colder climates it's more likely your home will be better off with a vent. 

4. Roof Vents Are Only for Warm Climates 

Many people assume that the importance of roof ventilation is to increase efficiency during the summer. Good roof ventilation plays a part in this, but shingle color, sun exposure, and insulation can add a lot more to the whole system. 

If you need more guidance on your roof ventilation system- call 513-731-ROOF for a free no-risk consultation!