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A Checklist for Home Maintenance During Fall

A Checklist for Home Maintenance During Fall

September 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

home maintenance checklist

Fall is a great time to maintain your home and get it in shape for the cooler months ahead. With winter just around the corner, you may take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages. Here is a checklist for home maintenance ideas this fall.

Exterior Maintenance

  • Inspect the Foundation: Check for any cracks in the foundation and caulk around areas where wires or pipes enter the house, masonry meets siding, and around door and windows frames to prevent heat from escaping. Any opening in the structure will allow water to get in and freeze, causing cracks and mold to build up. A careful inspection of the outside structure during fall following by inexpensive maintenance can save you money in the long term.
  • Inspect Exterior Walls: A quick check on the exterior walls allows you to check whether any paint is blistering or peeling. In that case, the existing paint is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the house. To avoid incurring expensive repairs in the future, correct it during summer and protect the siding from deteriorating.
  • Remove Screens and Install Storm Doors and Windows: As you prepare to store, clean, and repair screens, start by spraying with a protective coating and place them in a dry area of the garage or basement
  • Examine the Roof: Make sure your roof is in good shape by inspecting for loose and missing shingles. Bad weather such as rain, ice, snow, wind, and rapidly changing humidity and temperatures can wreak havoc on roofs. Proactive repairs will keep your roof in good shape and offer safety to your house for longer.
  • Clean out Gutter and Downspouts: Clean any leaves that may have fallen on the gutters and downspouts by flushing them with water. Make sure you inspect joints, tighten any loose brackets, and replace old or damaged gutters.
  • Weather-strip Garage Door: Examine the seal between the ground and the garage door, making sure it is tight to prevent draft or small animals from getting in.
  • Check Your Driveway: A simple inspection of the driveway will identify any cracks and need for cleaning out and repairing. Any repairs made should be coated with a commercial sealer.
  • Inspect the Pool Cover: Take time to examine your pool cover for any damages and need for replacement.

Interior Maintenance

  • Apply Weather Stripping and Caulk: Proper sealing of your interior will save you up to 20% on cooling and heating costs. Proper sealing of the windows and doors will prevent any form of air leaks.
  • Inspect your Fireplace and Woodstove: Ensure your wood stove is in working condition before the cold season hits. Clean and inspect the glass door for cracks, seal the door gasket, and clean the chimney.
  • Hire a Licensed Heating Contractor to Inspect Your Heating System: The contractor will ensure the heating system is functional, and give you peace of mind in the coming winter season.
  • Examine Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors: take the time to test and change the batteries in your detectors, and ensure you have extra household batteries in hand.
  • Change the Ceiling Fan Direction: Changing the direction of the fan will create an upward draft, which will redistribute warm air from the ceiling.
  • Clean the Humidifiers: Humidifiers require regular cleaning during the heating seasons as spores and bacteria can develop if the water tank is dirty, leading to unclean moisture misting out into the house.
  • Vacuum the Air Conditioners Internal Parts: You can prevent rusting of the vital parts by removing units from windows or wrapping the outside box with a plastic air conditioner cover or approved tarp.
  • Inspect Basement Windows: Check for any draft, cracked panes, or loose frame.

Hire Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows

With so many components to inspect and repair during the fall, hiring a professional contractor will ensure you do not miss anything. Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC is a trusted licensed general contractor, specializing in roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. Our experienced staff will inspect every aspect of your home, ensuring it is in good condition for the coming cold season.





A Checklist for Home Maintenance During Fall2021-09-22T10:36:23-05:00

Should You Get A Roof Repair or A Patch?

Should You Get A Roof Repair or A Patch?

August 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Roof Repair

If your roof has been damaged, you are probably wondering whether to get it repaired or patched. While the two options may offer you the solution that you want, some situations will demand a roof repair while others will only need a patch. Understanding the differences between the two can help you make a better decision.

When is Roof Repair Appropriate?
A roof repair refers to any type of repair on your roof, including fixing leaks, wear and tear, and damages. You can either replace the entire roof or repair specific components. On one hand, roof replacement is done when the majority of the roof shows damage. You can consider replacing your roof at 20 years old or younger if it has already started showing damage or after a natural disaster such as strong winds or a hurricane.

A roof repair may be needed when the majority of your roof is in good condition, and leaks are present only in certain parts. A repair is also ideal when only a tile is damaged or a part of the roof needs replacement. However, it is important to maintain your roof regularly to reduce the risk of damage.

When to Get a Roof Patch
A roof patch simply means fixing a small part of your roof or replacing a few shingles. In other words, rood patches are small and convenient repairs for small damages on your roof. You may either patch the roof or replace your shingles.

When patching up a leaking or damaged section of the roof, make sure you identify any underlying damage to other parts of the roof. Once complete, patching may also affect other sections of the roof not repaired. Therefore, choose materials and shingles that match the materials of your existing roof. Although you may not achieve a 100% match on the colors, the patch should fit seamlessly.

Sometimes, you need to replace one or several shingles to repair a leak. In such cases, the roof expert will examine your roof and identify the extent of the damage in shingles. This will then be used as a basis for the replacement and ensuring it fits well.

Let Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC
Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC comprise a team of experts in taking care of your home. Our professionals will help repair your roof as needed and help you overcome the damages that come with summer.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.




Should You Get A Roof Repair or A Patch?2021-08-27T14:26:38-05:00

Top 7 DIY Roof Maintenance Tips for Minnesota Homeowners

Top 7 DIY Roof Maintenance Tips for Minnesota Homeowners

July 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows


One of the ways of ensuring your roof lasts longer is regular maintenance. Regardless of the quality of your residential roofing materials, they will deteriorate with time due to wear and tear bad weather, and other factors. The following are some of the important roof maintenance tips that can come in handy for homeowners in Minnesota:

  1. Trim Tree Branches
    The first thing you will want to do is to trim tree branches surrounding your home. While mature trees tend to create a warm and welcoming aesthetic to your home, branches tend to drop leaves, seeds, twigs, and other wet materials into your roof. When these materials rot, they make the roof rot as well. Regular trimming will keep your roof safe and in good condition for longer.
  1. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
    Clogged gutters that do not drain efficiently are hazardous to your home. They increase the risk of your roof edges and eaves absorbing standing water or overflowing. This can lead to mold and mildew, increasing the risk of roof rot. On the other hand, clogged downspouts crease the risk of water damage to your home’s roof. Cleaning both the gutters and downspouts regularly will keep the roof clean while reducing the risk of roof damage.
  1. Keep Gutter Connections Clean
    The gutter connections should not be left unchecked. Even with clean gutters, the weight and impact of rain tend to pull the channels away from the eaves. The water then splashes in the gaps between the gutters and the roof, creating another risk factor for roof rot. Checking on these connections will ensure they are always clean and that water flows smoothly.
  1. Buy a Roof Broom
    The importance of a roof broom cannot be overemphasized. The roof will always have twigs, leaves, and other debris that tend to pile up. Some people wait for the debris to break up and be blown away, but a good roof broom will help you keep the roof clean at all times. Investing in a good roof broom allows you to easily dislodge and remove residue from the roof, sweeping it away before creating risk for damage.You may also notice algae, mold, moss, and mildew forming on your roof. These biological 291  243            substances can grow fast and start loosening shingles or holding moisture that can cause roof rot. To keep your roof safe, sweep and wash off as soon as you notice them.
  1. Install Leaf Guards
    The purpose of leaf guards is to stand over the top of downspouts and gutters. They act as barriers, blocking leaves, seeds, twigs, and other debris from entering the gutter. Consequently, they reduce the risk of clogs significantly. Since they are readily available and simple to install, investing in leaf guard is a wise decision.
  1. Check Water Marks on the Attic
    You should check for watermarks on the ceiling of your home’s attic or crawl space. The presence of watermarks means that your roof needs repairs or maintenance. Noticing these marks will help you make the repairs early before the damage gets worse.
  1. Check Your Flashing
    Homeowners often overlook flashing in their regular roof inspection. Flashing is a water-resistant material, which is applied around the valleys and seams of the roof. It helps in providing a barrier against moisture in new vents, chimneys, and dormers. If the flashing material is cracked, curled, bent, or damaged, it will need immediate repair or replacement.

Hire Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows, LLC

While you may do some of the roofing maintenance yourself, you may need professional help to get everything done. Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC have been offering professional roofing maintenance services to homeowners in Minnesota for years. We inspect every aspect of your roofing, closely examining all components, and address even the smallest damage. Hire our services today and have your roof inspected at least once a year to keep you and your family safe.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.




Top 7 DIY Roof Maintenance Tips for Minnesota Homeowners2021-07-29T14:00:56-05:00

Summer Roofing Maintenance

Summer Roofing Maintenance

June 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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Summer is here and the hottest months are coming. With it comes hail damage, high winds, heavy rain, and a scorching sun that can potentially damage your roof. As the heat continues to rise, there are a few things you can do to prepare your home for the rest of this season. Make sure you stay on top of your roof maintenance with these top 7 summer roof maintenance tips.

Check for mold, moss, and algae.
Unfortunately, summer can bring rain and humidity – two conditions that encourage algae growth. Over time, algae can eat away your shingles and lead to roof decay. Algae can be found not only on roofs but also gutters due to the water buildup. Algae is especially evident during the summer months and can damage your roof and gutters if not appropriately addressed.

Over time, moss left on roofs can cause shingles to curl and crack. Heavy moss can block water, create buildup under the shingles, and eventually damage the roof deck. If you see moss or algae on your roof, remove it ASAP to prevent these problems. Mold damage can happen fast, so it’s essential to check your roof often.

Check your attic.
Did you know your attic can heat up to 150 degrees during the summer? Your roof absorbs a lot of heat from the sun’s rays during the day, and it radiates into your attic air. A poorly ventilated attic with heat buildup can shorten the lifespan of your roof. The heat can cause your shingles to crack and curl, resulting in roof leaks. This is why attic insulation is critical in keeping the heat and moisture out during the summer.

It’s also important to look for any signs of moisture and mold in the rafters and attic during your summer roof maintenance since it can point to water leakage from your roof.

Here are some signs of roof mold damage you can see from your attic:

  1. If you discover watermarks along the ceiling or walls of your attic, your roof may have a hole.
  2. If your attic smells musty and you spot mildew across your ceiling, you have a roof leak.
  3. Discolored rafters mean the wood has absorbed the water from a leak above on your roof.

Replace missing shingles.
Replacing shingles may seem like a simple job but placing new shingles over old ones or using the wrong nails can lead to further damage. The wrong shingle could fade, crack, or even grow algae! For example, while inspecting a roof, walking on damaged shingles could cause more damage and lead to roof leaks in the future. Even small patchwork repairs may impact the overall health and safety of your roof. It’s because of these problems that many homeowners hire professionals to inspect and replace missing shingles.

Where Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows Come in
Summer hazards on your roof are in most cases unavoidable. When this happens, you will need to work with an expert to repair the damaged roof or replace it with a new one. Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC comprise a team of experts in taking care of your home. Our professionals will help repair your roof as needed and help you overcome the damages that come with summer.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

Summer Roofing Maintenance2021-06-30T09:55:20-05:00

Beware of Common Summer Hazards for Your Roof

Beware of Common Summer Hazards for Your Roof

May 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Summers in Greater Minneapolis, usually come with their fair share of hazards. In fact, buildings in the region take as much beating in summer as they do during the winter. Although the entire building will be affected by the heat and scorching sunshine, the roofs tend to suffer the most. If you are not aware of the hazards to expect, your roof can get damaged and expose your house interior to the fierce weather. Let’s have a quick look at the most common summer hazards, and what you need to do:

  1. Excess heat
    Being the hottest time of the year, your roofs are forced to consume as much heat as they can. In the worst-case scenario, the excess heat during summer can damage your roof to a point where you cannot repair them. When there are prolonged periods of high temperature, some of your roofing materials will swell up. This causes the structural integrity of the roof to be damaged, leading to leaky roof repair or even outright replacement.The excess heat during summer also causes heat-sensitive roofing materials to shift and change shapes. If the materials crack or brittle your shingles, you may encounter extra costs in repair. Other signs that you may need help from a roofing company include shingles that curl up towards the edged or discolored roofing due to heat damage.
  2. Hail Damage
    Hail can have impactful damages to your roof’s structural integrity. Although most people tend to discount the risk of hail here in the mid-west, mere sprinkling can make you incur costs to replace your roof. The impact of hailstones on the roof is often compared to none, and it is almost impossible to ignore the changes in your roof appearance.You may have installed hail-hardy shingles, but with a good beating, you are likely to notice a shiny appearance after the hailstorm. The hailstones often leave irregular patches where they hit, making your roof look different.

Where Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows Come In
Summer hazards on your roof are in most cases unavoidable. When this happens, you will need to work with an expert to repair the damaged roof or replace it with a new one. Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC comprise a team of experts in taking care of your home. Our professionals will help repair your roof as needed and help you overcome the damages that come with summer.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.


Beware of Common Summer Hazards for Your Roof2021-05-27T16:37:04-05:00

Springtime roofing inspections after winters damage

Springtime roofing inspections after winters damage

April 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Springtime roofing inspections

Winter is the harshest time of the year for you house.  With the season bringing snow and hailstorms, you will be lucky if your roof survives with little to no damage.  Here is how to check whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced after the coldest season of the year.

Start from the inside:

If you followed our guidelines on how to prepare your roof for winter, then your house should have been completely sealed against water and moisture.  But sometimes, even the sturdiest structure is no match for the power of nature.  The first step is checking for winter damage is to look for telltale signs of water leakage.

Damp or wet spots on the floor and along the walls usually indicate a leak above or around the area, so be sure to thoroughly inspect your house for those.  Also, examine your ceiling for discoloration or stains, tow clear indications that water has seeped in.  Inspect for cracked plasters, as these may point to a leak inside your walls.  And because new and small leaks usually do not show on the surface, it is always best to contact Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to inspect for damage that you may miss.

Survey the roof’s exterior:

Your house may be free from leaks on the inside, but that does not mean your roof survived winter unscathed.  Take a walk around your property and survey your roof from afar.  Check whether the slopes are straight and even, and if the pockmarks or dents due to hail or other objects pelting your roof.

Also check for missing or cracked shingles, as a sudden thaw can lift shingles slightly.  When exposed to high winds, they can be torn loose and fly off.  Fortunately, some shingles do not have to be replaced – they just need to be pressed down and resealed.  When you see the parts of your roof are missing or deformed, or if there are foreign objects like tree trucks or satellite dishes that need to be removed from the site, resist the urge to fix the problem yourself and call Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to do the job instead.

Check your gutters:

Now is a good time to inspect your gutter and eaves, as winter may have brought problems with drainage.  Be wary of ice just by your roof’s eaves and preventing water from flowing down the drain.  Check for leaves, branches, and other objects that may have clogged your gutters, too.  While you can remove small obstructions in the gutter to facilitate water flow, you should always leave ice dams to experts.  Removing ice dams involves complicated procedures, and one misstep can further damage your roof.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-219-4847 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

Springtime roofing inspections after winters damage2021-04-29T10:22:59-05:00

How to Keep Your Commercial Roof Spring-Friendly

How to Keep Your Commercial Roof Spring-Friendly

April 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

commercial roof

If you are planning to schedule your commercial roofing maintenance and repairs, there is no better to do it than spring. Storms, rainfall, hail, or snow from the previous season may have caused some damage to your roof. To keep everything in check, you may need to perform simple roof maintenance tasks like trimming trees, cleaning gutters, and scheduling a professional inspection to keep your roof spring-friendly.

  1. Wash the Rooftop Surface
    Washing the rooftop surface will help prevent mold infestation caused by dirt accumulation. Simply use cleaning solutions and a commercial pressure washer to keep the surface sparkling clean.
  1. Clean Your Gutters
    Your gutters may be blocked by mold, tree limbs, and leaves that prevent water from reaching the drains. This can lead to overflows and structural damage of your commercial roofs. As you prepare for Sprint, clean the gutters and make the flow streamline. Hiring a professional roof expert can help to access and clean areas of the gutters that you cannot reach. They will also check your gutters for cracks, rusts, or loose parts that need fixing.
  1. Conduct a Moisture Survey
    Conducting a moisture survey with an infrared scan will help see what is happening under the roof membrane. The purpose of the survey is to detect changes in the roof’s materials due to heat retention, presence of water, or loss of heat through insulation. Since such problems are not visible with naked eyes, conducting a moisture survey at least once in five years is necessary.
  1. Repair Leaks
    Your roof may have suffered wear and tear from the harsh winter weather. This could have resulted in leaking holes that bring water inside your commercial property. If not properly handled, such roof leaks could lead to further damage and expensive repairs. A professional roofing contractor will check roof membrane, downspouts, vents edges, caulking, and other roofing areas that may require leak repair.
  1. Trim Trees
    Any overhanging branches or that touch the roof can cause damage by creating shaded and damp areas that encourage mold growth. Make sure you trip nearby trees on a regular basis to keep the roof clear.
  1. Inspect the Roof After Bad Weather
    Severe weather like snow, hail, high winds, and torrential rainfalls can loosen your roof shingles or cause them to crack. Take time to inspect the roof after extreme weather conditions to identify any signs of damage and plan for any necessary repairs. Ice and snow build-up can damage the roof shingles. An inspection of the roof will help you replace the worn-out, damaged, broken, or curled shingles.
  1. Schedule an Inspection
    As you prepare for summer, it is recommended to schedule an inspection with a professional roofing contractor. Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is an experienced and professional roofing contractor in Des Moines, Iowa Area. When you schedule an inspection with us, we will examine every detail of your roof to detect any damages and repairs needed. We will particularly look at:
  • Damaged flashing
  • Soft spots
  • Ceiling stains
  • Punctures and bubbling in the roof membrane.
  • Loose sealants and fasteners
  • Mold infestation

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-219-4847 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment with one of our trained professional inspectors.

How to Keep Your Commercial Roof Spring-Friendly2021-04-29T10:12:54-05:00

How to Choose the Right Commercial Roofing Company

How to Choose the Right Commercial Roofing Company

March 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows


In every building, the roof is among the most important components. Apart from protecting against the outside elements, the roof also provides significant structural support. Given the importance of having a good room, you should work with the right commercial roofing company to get everything in order. A professional commercial roofing contractor will always come in handy when you are repairing a small leak, installing a new roof, or replacing a damaged roof. But, how do you choose the right roofing professional?

  1. Choose a Local Company.
    Before considering only the big names you have heard in the industry, research all the available commercial roofing companies in your area. Examine their services and choose a company that meets your roofing needs and budget. Working with a local roofing company is easier as they can always visit you whenever you need their services.
  2. Get Recommendation.
    The easiest way to get a roofing professional is to ask for recommendations from families and friends. The good thing is that you will be working with a tried-and-tested professional, and you will likely land a bigger discount.
  3. Check Credentials.
    Before hiring a roofing expert, make sure you conduct a background check to determine whether they are licenses and insured. The last thing you would want to do is work with an unlicensed contractor. So, check for their license, certification, and insurance to ensure your company is protected from any damage, and that your house is in good hands.
  4. Focus on More than Just the Cost.
    Do not be so much concerned about your budget that you forget to check other factors that influence the quality of work delivered. After the contractor falls under your budget, go further to check their previous projects and compare their work with other contractors in the area.
  5. Read Reviews.
    Since we are living in the digital age, the online space is a bank of information. Check for online reviews on the available roofing contractors in your area. Check how other people have rated them in terms of service quality, reliability, customer service, and customer service. You can check for feedback and testimonials on the company’s website, review sites, and social media.
  6. Warranty.
    When choosing a roofing contractor, go for the one who offers a warranty for their services. This way you will be sure of claiming free repairs and replacements within a specified period after they offer their service. This can prove to be extremely beneficial especially when you roof rails because of poor workmanship or material defects.
  7. Experience.
    Experience is crucial in any field of work. A roofing company with extensive experience and knowledge in this field is more likely to produce quality work than a newbie.

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is a professional roofing contractor serving Minneapolis and surrounding areas.  Our company is licensed and has a long history of prompt and courteous services. Therefore, you are guaranteed of working with experts in this area and quality work on your roof. Call us today at (800) 681-4169 for a free inspection or request a free quote online.

How to Choose the Right Commercial Roofing Company2021-03-15T14:51:46-05:00

Springtime tips for Maintaining Your Roof

Springtime Tips for Maintaining Your Roof

February 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Springtime tips for Maintaining Your Roof

Just like other parts of your home, your roof requires attention. Although it may be considered the most expensive asset of a home, maintenance will help you avoid incurring unnecessary expenses. To make sure your roofing system lasts as long as possible, make sure you do proper maintenance properly and at the right time. Some of the important tips you might find useful include:

  1.  Prepare for Spring
    As winter comes to an end, your roofing will be suffering from the impacts of the cold seasons. You may need to have them checked for spring to ensure everything is good up there. At Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows, we take time to assess the roof and identify any damages that may have been caused by winter. Then, we give you a plan to maintaining the roof system and keeping everything in good condition.
  2. Check Your Gutters
    Your gutters are among the most important parts of the roofing system. Dirt or debris shorten the life of your roof, and so does any leakage. Make sure you inspect the gutters at least once or twice a year, and have them cleaned. Consider trimming any large, nearby brands or any tree hangings that may be causing debris build-up in your gutters. If you find any loose or rusted sections, you may want to contact us for replacement or repair.
  3. Inspect Flashing Damage
    Most people do not understand what flashing is. To put it simply, flashing provides seals and seams around skylights, windows, and in places where two slopes of the roof meet. Inspect flashing for calk, rust, or cracks, and take the necessary actions. If flashing damage is not addressed, you could experience leaks that could cause mold problems and water damage inside your home.
  4. Check Your Shingles
    If your rooftop has shingles, you may want those checked out. An expert will look for any damages or whether they are curling. Any loose shingles may also need to be repaired or get a replacement. Probably there will be some nails that need to be hammered back down.

Let Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows, LLC Come to the Rescue

We understand the importance of a good roofing system. Although you cannot avoid bad weather, taking measures to maintain your roofing system will make them last longer. Our team of experts will inspect your roof, identify any repairs or replacements needed, and leave the roofing looking better than we found it. Call us today at (800) 681-4169 for a free inspection or request a free quote online.

Springtime tips for Maintaining Your Roof2021-02-25T09:56:10-06:00

Tips for Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Tips for Getting Rid of Ice Dams

January 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Ice Dams on rooff

When icicles hang along the eaves of the house, they tend to look beautiful and attractive. However, they spell trouble because they can loosen shingles, tear off gutters, and make water go back up into the house. The conditions that allow the formation of icicles, snow-covered roofs in freezing weather, lead to ice dams. These are the thick ridges composed of solid ice, which build up along the eaves. In this article, we are going to share some of the fastest tips for ice dam removal, prevention, and long-term repair in Iowa.

Why You Should be Aware of Ice Dams

If you live in Minnesota, you know how cold it can get. During the cold seasons, icicles can be seen everywhere. However, you need to take action since the icicles may be an indication of an ice dam on your roof. Ice dams have a high potential of causing damage to your house. If they loosen shingles and tear off gutters, all the water will be going back into your house.

Ice Dams chart

Ice dams can cause more damages to your house even after the cold season. For instance, you may get warped floors, peeling paint, sagging, and stained ceiling. You may also get soggy insulation in the attic that loses R-vale and attracts mildew and mold. To avoid such damages and hefty expenses in repairs, it is advisable to get rid of the ice dams in the earliest possible time.

The Lifecycle of an Ice Dam

You can prevent ice dams from forming or deal with them better during the cold seasons, it is important to understand their life cycle. This way, you will be able to plan in advance and take the necessary measures.

ice dam growth

At birth, heat collects in the attic and makes the roof warms, but not the eaves. The warm roof melts the snow, which freezes on touching the cold eaves.  At the final stage, the ice collects and accumulates along the eaves to form an ice dam. The melted water from the roofs backs up being it and flows under shingles into the house.

Simple Ways of Preventing Ice Dams

The best way to keep your home safe and in good condition is to prevent it from possible damages. You can prevent ice dams in your home by using heated cables before the bad weather hits.

Simply attach heated cables with clips along the edge if the roof in a zigzag pattern. This will prevent ice dams from lifting shingles and causing leaks. This simple act will allow you to equalize the roof’s temperature in a proper way. You will be heating it from outside rather than blowing in cold are from the inside.

Quick Fixes for Ice Dam Removal

If you had not taken any measures to prevent ice dams before the bad weather struck, you will need to try some of the quick fixes. However, avoid certain actions like shoveling or using a hammer to hack away ice dams and throwing salt on them. To keep the ice dams in check, try these simple and effective quick fixes:

  1. Blow in Cold Air: The easiest way to remove ice dams blowing in cold air. Simply place a box fan into the attic, aiming it at the underside of your roof towards where water is leaking in. By target, cold air to this particular area will cause the water to free in its track. It will take you only a few minutes to stop the leakage.
  2. De-ice it: Use panty house to reduce the damage of an already formed ice dam. Simply fill a calcium chloride ice melter in the leg of a discarded pair of pantyhose. Then lay the hose onto the roof and allow it to cross the ice dam and overhand the gutter. Sometimes you may need to use a long-handled hoe or garden rake to push the hose into position. Within a short time, the calcium chloride will start melting through the snow and ice. This will create a channel through which the water will flow down, get into the gutters, and leave off the roof.
  3. Rake It: This is one of the quickest fixes to the ice dams. Use a long hand-held aluminum roof rake to pull off the snow as you stand on the ground. If you have a rake with wheels, the process will be a lot easier. Within no time, you will change the exterior temperature of the roof while avoiding damage to shingles.

What about Permanent Fixes?

While it may sound difficult, getting rid of permanent fixes is simple. The only rule of thumb is to keep the temperate of the entire roof at the same degrees as the eaves. This can be achieved by adding insulation, increasing ventilation, and sealing off all air leaks warming the underside of the roof. Prioritize these common trouble spots to get rid of ice dams once and for all.

  1. Ventilate Ridge and Eaves
    If your ridge vent is paired with soffit vents, they will be circulating cold air under the roof. Make sure both the soffit vents and ridge have the same size opening. Also, provide at least 1 sq. ft. of opening after every 300 sq. ft. of attic floor. Then put baffles at the eaves to keep the path clear for air flowing from the soffit vents.
  1. Keep the Hatch Capped
    A whole-house fan or an unsealed attic hatch creates an opening for heat escape. Take time to cover them with weather-stripped caps to form insulation. Use caps made of foil-faced foam board and hold them together with aluminum tape.
  1. Keep the Exhaust Facing Outside
    Ducts around the home and connected to the bathroom, kitchen, and dryer vents should lead outdoors wither through the walls or the roof. They should never lead through the soffit.
  1. Insulate
    Add insulation to the attic floor to keep more heat inside. Consulting with the building department in your area to find out how much it will cost you and start planning accordingly.
  1. Mount Sealed Can Lights
    They may sound old-styled, but these lights give off plumes of heat. Since you cannot insulate them without making them fire hazardous, they are ideal for keeping the heat it. Replace the lights with “IC” fixtures if you need to insulate them.
  1. Flash Around Your Chimneys
    Use L-shaped steel flashing to bridge the gap between your chimneys and the framing of the house. Hold the flashing in place using a fire-stop sealant. However, be aware that using insulation or canned spray foam is not fire safe.
  1. Insulate and Seal all the Ducts
    Use fiber-reinforced mastic to seal all the joints of the exhaust duct and HVAC ducts. Then cover the entire with either R-6 or R-5 foil-faced fiberglass.
  1. Seal all Penetrations
    Finally, seal around vent pipes and electrical cables with a fire-stop sealant. Check for any spots of lights shining up from below and seal then or where insulation is stained by dirt from the passing air.

How Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows Can Help

Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows, LLC is a trusted licensed general contractor who will help deal with the issue of ice dams. With a reputation of prompt and courteous service, you can always be sure that your home is in safe hands. Contact us today, and have an expert come your way to fix the problem.

Tips for Getting Rid of Ice Dams2021-02-01T08:39:23-06:00
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