As a roofing contractor in Boise, we know the damage heavy winter weather can leave behind on your roof. We’ve seen it over and over, folks mistakenly believe their shingles will protect them when winter weather hits only to find out as the ice melts they have a serious leak in their attic.
This past winter has been particularly brutal, and has made a busy start to the Boise roofing season. If you’re like many others experienced damage due to ice dams, you should consider adding Ice and Water Shields to your investment. Today we’re taking a closer look at how specialized ice and water dams can prevent leaks in your roof.
With Boise’s rough winter season finally over, it’s time to look at what all that winter weather did to your home. Here’s what you need to do to prepare for next year’s winter and prevent leaks.
What Are Ice and Water Shields & How Do They Work?
After your roofers install plyboard, but before they lay down your shingles or preferred roofing materials, they can add what is called an Ice and Water Shield.
The product comes with a fully-adhered smooth surface which provides top-notch roof leak protection against rain, ice, and wind. As an underlayment, it isn’t visible from the outside, but it seals in your roof after the nail is sent into the surface.
Consisting of a thin rubberized asphalt membrane, the underlayment goes on the overhangs or in the valleys of your roof. In places where wind and ice damage are a frequent occurrence, like Minnesota, an ice & water shield is mandated by building code. Clearly, if you live in an area where you can expect several feet of snow and ice, it’s a good idea to protect your roof with this shield.
These ice and water dams also act as a vapor suppressor, which enables it to keep water out and lock heat inside your home.
Benefits of Installing an Ice and Water Shield
As a roofing contractor in Boise, our family owned business always recommends installing an Ice and Water Shield. The benefits you can expect include:
- Extended Roof Life
- Prevention of Attic Leaks
- Protects Your Belongings from Surprise Roof Leaks
- Seals out any moisture
- Complete protection from ice, water and wind damage
The best part is, these ice and water shields are affordable, increase the value of your new roof, and simple to add to your re-roof project.
How We Can Help
As a family owned business, we take pride in helping folks like you protect their home from the unnecessary damage caused by rough winter weather. Please give us a call to find out how we can help protect your home from ice and water damage all year long.