Is ice and water shield really that important? Well, if you’ve been on the receiving end of an inconvenient roof leak recently, you may have a quick answer for this. If not, it may have never crossed your mind.
The fact is, it’s not just rain that causes major roof leaks. Snow, sleet and ice can build up over time and create ice dams that have the potential to wreak havoc on your roof. The melting water that backs up behind these dams can end up penetrating through the roof to your ceiling, down your walls and right into your home. It can catch homeowners completely unaware as most aren’t looking for these types of leaks in cold weather.
Fortunately, there’s a way to prevent these kinds of structural nightmares.
Ice and water shield is a fully-adhered underlayment for roofing. It gets installed around places like your chimney, valleys, and other penetrable places on your roof. Many companies offer it as an optional product during a roof install but, if you’re smart, you won’t consider it optional at all. Compared to the costs and hassle involved in a roof leak, your money will be well-spent on this preventative product for your structure.