Winter in Raleigh, North Carolina is nice. It does get cold, but not as cold as the cities and municipalities that are located way up the hemisphere. It also only gets a smaller amount of snow in comparison to cities like Chicago or Detroit.

Ask AngieThe pleasurable conditions of the city, however, do not exempt it from the possible damage that it will endure. An article by Angie Hicks for Kentucky.com details one of the most common problems that Raleigh homeowners are most likely going to experience:

Ice dams form at a roof’s edge and in gutters when melting snow refreezes and can’t drain off the roof. The dams prevent gutters and downspouts from filtering water away from your home, causing even more of a backup and a larger ice dam.

Heat, ironically, is a major cause of ice dams. When too much heat escapes through the attic, it can melt snow on the roof. The melted snow then refreezes at the roof’s edge because that area of the roof isn’t receiving attic heat.

The main way to prevent ice dams is to reduce the amount of heat escaping through the attic by making sure the attic is sufficiently insulated and appropriately ventilated.

In addition, you might consider hiring a roofing or construction contractor to install an ice shield on your roof, which provides an extra layer of leak protection under shingles.

The article provided solid information regarding ice dams, but it can be said that one of the only ways for ice dams to be thoroughly remedied is by hiring roofing contractors in Raleigh, NC for proper removal.

One definite advantage of professional roofing would be the assurance of quality work. Of course, DIY work on finding and sealing locations where heat can escape is great, but ensuring the insulation of the attic through a reliable service is much better. A well-insulated attic done by a quality roofer ensures energy savings and fire protection.

If the external damage causes heat to escape, it is also imperative that reliable roofers in Raleigh, NC are called. The materials, equipment, and experience these roofers possess can assure homeowners that no further damage will occur.

Ice damage and other winter problems can be corrected if reliable roofers are at hand. Contacting reputable services like Consolidated Roofing Systems will ensure that your roof is going to be a healthy one throughout winter.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Ask Angie: Preventing ice damage on roofs, Kentucky.com, December 6, 2013)