Smart Roofing Systems

Commercial and Residential Roofing Contractors in Grand Rapids Michigan

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"We have recommended Smart Roofing Systems to several of our friends who have also been pleased with their work."
- Marshall , Cascade, Michigan

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Quality Professional Home Roofing for West Michigan

Make Your Next Roof a Smart Roof

The roof of your home is not just the shingles but a system of insulation, ventilation and roofing all working together. Apart from age, the major cause of roof damage is improper insulation and ventilation causing ice dams. Ice dams can be a nightmare, potentially causing extensive water damage to not only the exterior of your home but also the interior.

Smart Roofing Systems offers the following services for homeowners:

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In Focus: What is an ice dam and how does it form?

Ice Dam Example ImageWhen snow accumulates on a roof, a cycle of melting and refreezing occurs. In a perfect world, the snow would melt off the roof, enter the gutters, and flow harmlessly to the ground. Or the snow would evaporate from the action of the sun, and never really melt off unless the outside temperature rose above the freezing point. However, two key factors interact to cause problems... the outside temperature and the temperature of the inside of your attic.

The warmer your attic is, the more melt off that occurs at the roof surface. This melted snow would normally flow off the edge of the roof. Under certain conditions, though, when air temperature is very low, the water refreezes at the edge of the roof, where the interior roof surface is not being warmed by the attic. This refreezing gradually forms what is known as an "ice dam".

Once this dam forms to a certain height, the melted snow that pools up behind it can suddenly leak back under the roof shingles and into your home! On a roof with a low slope, it only takes a small ice dam to cause water backup and leakage.