The climate in Minnesota at this time of the year can still be cold, which brings up the need to rely on your HVAC units. While this can help keep your home’s comfort levels right, the heat that comes from your heating system rises to your attic, then to your roof. This degrades your roof’s quality and potentially shortens its life span. At the same time, this will cause an increase in your energy costs. Fortunately, you can count on Ryan Windows & Siding to provide you with a great solution. [Read more…] about 4 Benefits of Insulating Your Attic
Icicles adorning the eaves of your home are a beautiful and picturesque winter scene, especially in Minnesota. Even though they look pretty, icicles are a sign of a larger underlying problem: ice dams. Ice dams are formed when heat escapes through your roof. Not only can this lead to larger heating bills but ice dams can cause serious structural damage to your home that can cost upwards of thousands of dollars.
Ice dams occur when key areas of your home’s roof space are under insulated/underventilated. Warm air escapes through the roof to melt snow. As the melted snow travels down the roof to the colder areas around the eaves, it refreezes, creating both an ice dam and icicles that trap any melted water underneath. This cycle continues all winter long.
“This freeze-thaw cycles cause ice to buildup on the exterior of the roof while expanding its way up underneath the roof’s protective barrier. The ice that has made its way under the shingles melts and makes its way into the home,” says Bruce Ryan, President of Ryan Windows & Siding. This can cause mold and mildew.
So how can you prevent ice dams from occurring? “You can mitigate heat loss and ice dams with proper insulation and ventilation,” says Ryan. “You can proactively lower or even eliminate the damaging effects of ice dams with insulation by reducing heat loss and keeping the attic temperature as close as possible to the exterior temperature.”
If your home suffers ill effects from ice dams, it is best to hire a reputable, licensed and insured contractor for an inspection. “It is important to hire an expert to identify any underlying effects from the ice dam and repair any damage,” shares Ryan. Ryan Windows & Siding offers free inspections and estimates so you can better understand the problem and possible solutions.
This winter, don’t be fooled by sparkling icicles. Heed their warning and have your roof and attic inspected to prevent damage caused by ice dams.
Fall is here, and it’s a great time to start on some home improvement projects. With Minnesota’s cold temperatures, it’s best to be prepared. Ryan Windows & Siding talks about your roof and why it is important to get it inspected. [Read more…] about Is Your Roof Ready for the Fall & Winter?