The Importance of Correctly Installing Ice and Water Shield

Most people who live in Wisconsin understand why their home’s roof needs an ice and water barrier. Without an ice and water shield installed, ice dams, wind-driven rain, and snow buildup can lead to costly home repairs. Unfortunately, it takes more than just having an ice and water shield installed on your home’s roof to prevent weather damage to your home. You need to make sure the ice and water barrier is installed correctly. An ice and water shield is a rubberized, waterproof underlay that adheres to the wood sheathing underneath the shingles on the roof. Ice and water shield should be installed behind the gutter and over the top of the fascia board, eliminating the gap between the fascia board and first roof board. This kind of placement ensures that the ice and water shield protects your roof against leaks and prevent ice dams from forming along the edge of your roof or gutters during the winter. When an ice and water shield is installed correctly, it will extend up the roof from the fascia board to a minimum of 2” past the exterior wall. We install ice and water shield at all eaves, around chimneys and fireplaces, in all valleys, and all possible problem areas on your roof. If your home needs an ice and water shield installed, or you suspect the one you have is installed incorrectly, give us a call at (414) 376-5568 or contact us today to schedule an inspection and receive your free estimate.
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