Ice dams can be more than just a hassle for home owners.

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Ice dams are more than just an irritation, they cause damage to the roof and shingles as wells as leaks, mold and water damage inside the home.We asked the experts at Olympic Roofing to find out why ice dams occur and what we can do to prevent them.“Most of the time, if you have ice dams, you also have a warm attic,” says George Vasiliades, company owner. He goes on to explain that having an attic that is improperly insulted or not vented correctly causes it to retain the heat that rises from inside the living quarters. “When snow lands on the roof, it’ll melt,” he says, “and when the water reaches the edges of the roof, where it’s much cooler, it will refreeze and become ice. That ice slowly builds up and what you have then is a … [Read more...]

Avoid costly repairs and safety hazards by removing snow from roofs.

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Winter has arrived in New England with plunging temperatures and snow showers. For most homeowners, removing snow from their roof during the winter is unnecessary but if the season brings heavy snowfall - especially if it’s followed by rain - removing snow is a necessity to avoid damage to the roof, leaks, roof collapse or heavy snow falling from the roof and injuring people.Some residential homes and many commercial buildings have flat roofs that are designed to withstand the weight load brought on by heavy snow. But when winter throws more snow at a building than it was designed for it will need to be removed.A flat roof may be shoveled but it is important to identify the material that covers the roof before doing so or you will … [Read more...]

How to Melt Ice Dams

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New Englander's already know about the damaging effects of ice dams and, at this point, there isn't a gutter in the Northeast that is free of ice. As the weather begins to warm, water runoff from the roof will be trapped by the dam and routed back up the roof finding its way under shingles and into the house. A permanent solution for ice dam formation likely requires adding insulation, sealing, and ventilation in the attic. In the meantime, here's a trick that will help to lessen the damage from the existing ice dams.Fill the leg of a pair of nylon hosiery with ice melt - calcium chloride. This will minimize the amount of ice melt is use, is easy to use and minimizing the mess. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and … [Read more...]

Roof Snow be Damned!

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Mother nature has dumped nearly 6 feet of snow on much of New England over the past three weeks and now, to add insult to injury, there rain in the forecast. Rain is a threat to the snow packed roofs which will soak up the moisture and possibly cause roofs to buckle under the added weight.What should a home or business owner do to ward off a roof collapse and further damage from ice dam build up?Home or business owners with a flat roof or a slightly pitched roof should make every effort to remove the snow weight prior to the warmer temperatures and precipitation. Whether you invest in a roof rake or enlist the help of a professional to handle the job, it is imperative that the snow pack be removed. Insurance claims have been piling … [Read more...]

Prevent Roof Collapse: Remove Snow & Ice

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We are well on our way toward breaking record snowfalls in the month of February but residents should take preventive steps to protect their roof from collapsing under the weight. Emergency crews have already responded to disasters such as occurred at this apartment community in Nashua, New Hampshire. Nashua Roof collapse If you are unable to use a roof rake to remove the snow on your own, Olympic has crews available to do the dirty work. Price dependent on project. Contact us for an accurate quote. Credit cards accepted.Contact Us Today HOW MUCH SNOW IS TOO MUCH FOR YOUR ROOF? The Blizzard of 2015 is now burying New England with 2 1/2 to 3 feet of snow. That's a lot of weight for your roof to bear! Olympic Roofing is here to help … [Read more...]

Can your roof bear the snow weight?

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HOW MUCH SNOW IS TOO MUCH FOR YOUR ROOF? The Blizzard of 2015 is now burying New England with 2 1/2 to 3 feet of snow. That's a lot of weight for your roof to bear! Olympic Roofing is here to help with snow removal to prevent damage to your home.OLYMPIC HAS YOU COVERED Snow Removal: Having a snow-free roof is crucial for preventing ice dams from developing underneath the snow. These ice dams ultimately cause leaking and other costly damages to both the interior and exterior of any house. It is also very important to remove excess weight off your roof. Just one foot of snow on your roof is equivalent to thousands of pounds of pressure. Leaving snow on your roof for an extended period can weaken your roof, and even cause cave-ins, … [Read more...]

Roof Inspection & Analysis

Roof Maintenance PackageOlympic Roof Maintenance Program – Insurance for your home. Now that warm weather has arrived, it’s time to focus on the exterior of your home. Proper roof maintenance will keep your home safe and help to avoid costly repairs later on. Call Olympic Roofing today to schedule a free estimate or sign up for our Roof Maintenance Package for $295.00 that includes a 3 hour inspection with the following services:Gutter repairs due to ice dams and Gutter Cleaning. Inspect chimney flashing. Inspect skylights. Look at the ventilation see if it is aqueduct for the roof. Determine the condition of the shingles (curling, cracking, missing). Replace any blown off shingles or ridge caps. Inspect for algae … [Read more...]