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NRCA Offers Advice To Homeowners To Avoid Winter Roof Damage

Rosemont, IL - With winter coming, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is reminding homeowners to minimize damage to their roof systems by preventing ice buildup during the coldest months.

NRCA recommends making sure a roof is properly insulated and attics are properly vented. Insufficient insulation and venting can contribute to the melting of snow closest to the roof surface and can cause an ice dam, or an accumulation of frozen water at the edge of the roof that prevents water from running off.

Throughout the winter, homeowners should check their roofs for ice dams. Where ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. Snow removal from roofs should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks, shovels or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings. For best results, NRCA recommends homeowners contact a professional roofing contractor for snow removal, especially if snow or ice cannot be safely removed from the ground level.

To locate an NRCA professional contractor and learn more about roof maintenance, homeowners can visit NRCA's consumer website at www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

About NRCA

NRCA_logoThe National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and a leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For more information, visit www.nrca.net.




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