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Minneapolis Ice Dam Prevention: Roof Repair Project Success Story

The harshness of winters past will remain in the memories of Minneapolis homeowners.  Conditions including cold temperatures and ice provided the optimum opportunity for ice dam damage.

An ice dam is a sheet of ice that forms on the edge of a roof that prevents melting snow from being able to exit the roof. Instead, the sheet of ice causes water to back-up underneath the roof’s shingles, into the soffits, and eventually into the interior of a home.

Story-and-a-half homes, like the one our client, Jack, owns are particularly susceptible to ice dam damage because they lack a conventional attic, making them tricky to insulate and ventilate.  Jack attempted to use heat tape on his roof to alleviate ice dams, but to no avail.  The zippering of his home’s shingles was further evidence that a new roof was also needed.

This is the zippering that was on Jack’s asphalt roof.

Here was the long-term solution our team proposed in order to ward off future ice dam quandaries.

Spray Foam Attic Insulation: The Solution For Ice Dam Prevention

In order to curtail future ice dam damage, our team needed to create a hot roof using five inches of spray foam insulation, the best insulation for this type of attic ceiling.  The entire roof cavity is filled as the material expands.  The installation of a hot roof eliminated the need for ventilation because the spray foam insulation is affixed to the top of the roof sheathing.  This approach raised the R-value of Jack’s home because it prevented future air leakage and heat loss, which are root causes of ice dams.hot roof

Residential Metal Roofing Solutions For Harsh Minnesota Winters:

Wanting to avoid future ice dam damage, Jack leaned on us for advice on the roofing material that should be used on his home.  Our suggestion was that he make the switch away from asphalt roof shingles to residential metal roofing.  The surface of a metal roof is slippery, and it provides a straightforward method for ice and snow to quickly exit the roof.  The lifespan of a metal roof also made it an optimum choice for Jack who was looking to make this roof the last he’d ever install on his home.  Made of highly recycled content, Jack’s metal roof is guaranteed to never rot, crack, warp, of flake.  From an aesthetics standpoint, the metal roof also improved Jack’s curb appeal, while also providing an opportunity for insurance savings due to the material’s resistance to hail and fire.metal roof

Testimonial From Our Metal Roofing Project In Minneapolis

Upon conclusion of his project, Jack had this to say, “The job went well and the installers were professional, yet personable and friendly. They did a great job while overcoming some difficult problems presented by my old 1 1/2 story house.  I like the looks of my home including color and how everything was done.  It looks so much better and I know it’s going to be way better in the wintertime for me, so I’m looking forward to that.”   

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"Experience was great!"

Brad V.
Minneapolis, MN
November 17, 2022

"Thank you for helping make this process as smooth as possible. We appreciate your customer service and we're happy with your exceptional work."

Nancy B.
Minneapolis, MN
November 14, 2022

"Eric is great. We used him on my mom’s house for several projects: new doors, windows, re-insulating the inside of the roof in upstairs bedrooms, tearing down & rebuilding the garage. My sister also used Eric to install LeafGuard® on her own house, build her a new deck, and install a metal roof. We recently had a meeting to discuss building a new deck for me, to replace the old one. We will be using no-maintenance materials, so no more sanding, staining, painting."

James N.
Minneapolis, MN
July 20, 2022

"My wife and I are so thrilled about the new roof shingles you installed on our home. They are absolutely gorgeous and could not possibly look any more amazing than they are.  The LeafGuard® team also did an outstandingly professional job installing the gutter system and had a couple of recommendations on a gutter and downspout placement that really functions well AND makes the house look astounding."

Joseph R.
Minneapolis, MN
June 27, 2022

"Everything went well - the crew was courteous and professional, the project finished ahead of schedule, and there was no leftover debris or refuse.

Todd S.
Minneapolis, MN
May 16, 2022

"The roof looks beautiful!! The framing and the tiles are great and the gable vents look great too. I also *really* appreciate the clean up your folks did. Not all roofers are as tidy and this was VERY much appreciated."

Becca N.
Minneapolis, MN
May 3, 2022
50% Off Installation Labor on LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, GAF Asphalt Shingles, & Infinity® From Marvin Windows. We Are Also Offering A Complimentary Heat Map Analysis With Insulation Estimates Through November 30th.
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