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Metal Roofing in the Winter: 4 Ways to Prevent Ice Dams

Metal roofs are one of the most popular roofing materials today. This is due to their affordability, longevity and cool roofing capabilities that allow homeowners to save a significant amount on their monthly bills. However, some homeowners are still on the fence about having one installed due to a few seasonal concerns, such as ice dams during the winter.

In this post, All American Roofing reveals the four ways you can prevent ice dams from forming on your metal roof this winter, starting with:

  1. Proper Ventilation – Proper ventilation is important for every roofing system and your metal roof isn’t an exception to this rule. To ensure that your roof has adequate ventilation, have your roofer install soffit-to-ridge ventilation systems to help maintain consistent roof temperatures and reduce the risk of ice dam formation.

  1. Stop Air Leaks – While ventilation is important, you also need to properly manage it. To do so, you need to make sure that the warm interior air from your home’s living space doesn’t pass to the attic and cause your roof’s temperature to rise. With that in mind, enlist the services of a roofing contractor to install proper insulation and seal all openings where the air might escape.

  1. Proper Insulation – Metal roofs on their own can already reduce the risk of ice dam formations. However, if you want a higher chance of stopping this, you need to install the proper insulation on your roof. Experts recommend that you install attic and ceiling insulation of R-38 or higher, especially if you live in regions with frigid climates. For additional protection against moisture, you can also install ice and water shields and waterproof underlayment.

  1. Choose the Right Roofing Material – When choosing your metal roof, make sure you pick the right material to prevent ice dam formation as much as possible. Roofing experts recommend that you pick a roof that has smooth surfaces, special coatings, temperature control capabilities and tight interlocking installation systems to lessen the possibility of ice dams forming on your metal roof.

Make your search for an expert roofing company easier by turning to All American Roofing. When it comes to roof repairs and metal roof installation services, we are the leading professionals to approach and we won’t let you down! Give us a call at (918) 583-0100 or fill out our contact form to request a FREE consultation. We serve homeowners in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma City and other nearby areas in OK.