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Homeowners Hit By Wednesday's Storm Advised to Watch Rooftops for Ice Dams That Could Lead to Severe Roof Damage

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Charlotte Norgaard
Date: Feb. 13, 2014 (847) 493-7548

Homeowners Hit By Wednesday's Storm Advised to Watch Rooftops for Ice Dams That Could Lead to Severe Roof Damage

Rosemont, Ill.—In the aftermath of this week's severe winter weather and freezing temperatures, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is encouraging homeowners to check their rooftops for ice dams that can cause major damage to a home's roofs and gutters.

Ice dams are a problem with significant snow accumulations during extended periods of below-freezing temperatures. They form when roof areas become warm enough to melt snow, typically because of the combination of the insulating effect of heavy snow accumulation and heat loss from a home's interior.

Melted snow runs down the roof under the snow cover and refreezes along overhangs where the roof surface temperature is lower. The water from the melting snow becomes trapped behind the dam of ice and can back up under shingles and infiltrate the underlayment, leading to leaks in the home.

If ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove the snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. However, snow removal from a rooftop should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks, shovels or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings.

NRCA strongly recommends contacting an NRCA member contractor if the snow or ice cannot be safety removed from ground level.

To locate an NRCA member contractor, homeowners can visit NRCA's website at www.nrca.net/RoofingContractors/Find.


NRCA is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit www.nrca.net.

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