When Needs to get Roofing done after Ice-Damage?

Old 03-28-10, 01:45 PM
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When Needs to get Roofing done after Ice-Damage?

We had a historical and horrendous snow-storm along with some ice accumulation in this winter. As a result, there was some 'Ice-Damage' to the roof of our family room along with subsequent damage to the ceiling.

Luckily, after all snow has been gone, there is NO leak from the roof/ceiling on even heavy and torrential rain, because of only 'ice-damage' to the part of the roof. However, my big concern is that down the road, a leak from the roof/ceiling might occur as having 'Ice-Damage' to the roof.

My question is;
When should I call a roofing-company to get the roof done?
If possible, we'd like to wait it until late May or early June, due to other household emergencies we've been dealing. Is it possible for us to do?

Any imputs on this would be greatly appreciated.

Old 03-28-10, 02:26 PM
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Ice dams create a condition that isn't normal... water doesn't normally back up and run uphill. Only when ice blocks drainage will your roof leak. Ice doesn't normally damage a roof. Once the ice is gone, the problem is gone. So here's what I'd say. There's nothing wrong with your roof. Sure it could be redone so that ice dams would be "less likely" to cause a problem in the future. But if the roof is otherwise fine, I'd suggest that next year when you get snow, you simply get a snow rake and remove as much snow as you can from those areas so that you don't get an ice dam.

Of course if you want the security of knowing your roof won't do this again, then go ahead and replace it, being sure they put extra ice and water shield underlayment in your problem areas. In that case, you'd just want it done by next winter.

If your roof currently doesn't leak (ain't broke) why fix it.

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