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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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Ice Dam Solutions For Every Situation

Have you noticed walls of ice accumulating on the edges of your roof? While the icicles hanging off the edges of these ice formations may look pretty, they're not a good thing. Known as ice dams, these layers of ice can work their way under your shingles, causing leaks and substantial roof damage. They can also damage your gutters, leading to poor drainage and more water issues down the road.

Ice dams occur when the roof gets too warm. Snow melts and trickles down before re-freezing on the edge of the roof, where it is cooler. If you've had ice dams during previous winters, it's essential to take action now to prevent them. Read on to discover the best solution for your unique situation.

Solution #1: Add more insulation to your attic.

When to use it:

  • When you live in an older, poorly insulated home
  • When your insulation is years old and has become compacted or damaged

Why it works:

A lack of insulation is arguably the most common cause of ice dam formation. When there is too little insulation in your attic, heat from the home readily escapes through the roof, warming it. Adding more insulation (or replacing old insulation) traps the heat in the home where it belongs, so the roof stays cooler.

How to implement it:

Use a calculator to determine how much insulation your home should have, based on your climate. Then, measure how much insulation is currently in your attic, and add insulation until you read the amount the calculator said you should have. If the current insulation is discolored, compacted, or otherwise in poor shape, replace it entirely.

Solution #2: Improving your ventilation.

When to use it:

  • When your attic is well insulated, but you're still getting ice dams
  • When the air in your attic always seems stuffy and moist (these are signs of poor ventilation)

Why it works:

Even with proper insulation, a small amount of heat will make its way into your attic. Ideally, it would leave through the vents -- but if there are not enough vents, it escapes through the roof surface and causes snow to melt. Adding vents gives the warm air an alternative escape route.

How to implement it:

Adding roofing vents is a complex job that is best left to your roofing contractor. Based on the layout of your home, they may add sofit vents (which are placed along the edges of the roof), or a ridge vent, which is placed along the very peak of your roof.

Solution #3: Replace your shingle roof with a metal one.

When to use it:

  • When your roof is in poor shape and you need to replace it anyways
  • When improving your insulation and ventilation has still not kept ice dams from forming

Why it works:

Some homes are designed in such a way that no matter how much insulation you add and how many vents are put into place, too much heat still escapes from the roof. Thankfully, you can make up for this design flaw by replacing your shingle roof with a metal one. When snow starts melting on the metal, it will slide right off instead of staying in place and melting slowly. Ice dams simply won't form, so leaks will be a thing of the past.

How to implement it:

Metal roofs are compatible with most any type of home. If you're tired of dealing with ice dams, give a roofing contractor a call and get an estimate. You may have to wait until the weather is warmer to have your roof replaced with a metal one, but you should not have to worry so much about the damage that the ice dams are causing in the meantime since the roof is going to be replaced in the spring anyways.

For more information and options, contact local roofing contractors, such as those at Acoma Roofing.