Roofing Design, Fabrication, and Installation Services
At RQ Fabrication & Installation inc., we specialize in roofing materials including copper, slate, sheet metal, aluminum, wood, rubber, and shingles. With our expertise, you don’t have to worry about ice dams or those unsightly cables.
We have exceptional knowledge on all roofing related tools and machinery. From hand tools, sheet metal bending/shaping equipment to onsite hand tools/soldering, our team ensures a quality and accurate design that fits your current structures.
Our Roofing Specialties Include
Ice Dam Prevention
What Causes Ice Dams?
There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof and the upper portions of the roof’s outside surface must be above 32°F, while lower surfaces are below the same temperature.
For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures that are above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.
The snow on a roof’s surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof, it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila! - An ice dam.
The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on average below 32°F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior covering and flows into the attic space.
From the attic, it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish. Not having a uniform roof surface temperature leads to ice dams.
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