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From the Rooftop Blog

Metropolitan Roof's From The Rooftop Blog keeps you up to speed on how to choose and maintain the best roof for your home or business.


Filtering by Category: Roof Maintenance

Ice Dams: Stop Them in Their Tracks

Kathleen Finn

Ice dams are a stealthy enemy of your roof. Look out for this quiet menace that can wreak havoc on your roof and inside your house. An ice dam is created when heat escapes through the roof from the attic and melts the bottom layer of snow that frosts your roof in winter. Heat that collects in the attic warms the roof but only up to the eave line. At this juncture, the melting snow transforms into a stubborn dam that keeps additional water from flowing off your roof.

Why should you care? The constant moisture that the dams lock in affects frame members, roof shingles, soffits and sheathing by leading to rot. If your insulation takes on water, it can become compacted and ineffective. Shingles can loosen, gutters can get torn off and water can back up into the house causing mold and mildew. Ice dams can happen with as little as 1” of snow coupled with sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period.

To prevent ice dams, you need to warm your roof:

  • Beef up the insulation in your attic.
  • Couple that with lots of circulating air in the attic. Good ventilation carries heat and moisture to the outside.
  • Make sure to plug up any air leaks by adding flashing around chimneys, sealing and insulating ducts, and caulking penetrations around electrical cables and vent pipes, with sealant.

Give us a call if you are battling ice dams. We can help you with preventive maintenance.

Seattle Skylights Gets a New Look

Kathleen Finn

Seattle Skylights, a division of Metropolitan Roofing, now has a snazzy new look. Watch for our vans and trucks buzzing around your neighborhood. We incorporated skylights into our business several years ago as it made sense to combine a beautiful and useful architectural embellishment in our portfolio of roofing services.

Transform your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom with a skylight or bring light to forgotten corners of your house - hallways, bonus rooms, laundry rooms and closets with sun tunnels. Take a look at our Houzz account for ideas on how to let in the light.

Contact us, and we will come by and provide a free estimate for your skylight project.

Is It Time for a New Roof?

Kathleen Finn

It's home-buying and selling season and thoughts turn to roofs. Are you wondering if it's time to retire your old roof and trade it in for a new one? Here’s a checklist to help you determine if it’s time!

  • Roof shingles are falling apart or missing.
  • Curling or buckling shingles, in particular on the south-facing side of your house. You want your shingles to lie flat.
  • Damaged roof valleys. These can make your roof susceptible to leaks.
  • Shingle granules in gutters. Roof shingles start to shed loose granules toward the end of their life cycle.
  • Leaks and light in the attic. Are you seeing stains or streaks in your attic? Is light shining through in some areas? Those are signs of a weakened roof.
  • A sagging roof. It’s an obvious sign of a tired roof. Poor roofing material or weakened shingles due to excessive moisture or weight (think snow) can bow the strongest of roofs. You may also have a structural issue with your internal framing.
  • Excessive home cooling costs. These can be the result of too much heat seeping through the roof. Inadequate ventilation in warmer months requires the cooling system to run excessively.
  • Dark or stained areas on roof. Protective granules on your shingles may have worn away, thus allowing for the growth of vegetation, fungus, algae or mold.
  • Damaged flashing. The material that wraps around your vents, chimney or skylights will degrade over time and can create leaks. In older homes, cement or tar was used for flashing. If yours is showing signs of age, consider upgrading to metal flashing.

If your roof is fairly new and you are experiencing any of the above, you might simply be due for some roof maintenance or some simple upgrades. Give us a call at 206-248-3737 or schedule a free consultation and we will come and check it out.