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Old 08-22-2012, 10:47 AM   #16
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Wow, I love this thread.

I was thinking of throwing a tarp onto my roof for the winter as well. I get ice damning, and unfortunately, the resulting interior damage to my ceilings and walls. I need to get a new roof soon but holding off until funding is in line.

I saw a house that tarped their roof last year and thought, hmm, great idea. I Googled the idea and came across this thread, and the wealth of information you all have shared.

But now I'm stumped. Tarping isn't the solution due to wind and lifting, and felt...well, I'm not all together clear on how that works, or whether it would survive snow, ice and rain.

If felt could survive, would I (or, more likely someone else) simply nail (yikes) the felt down the valleys, and possibly along the gutter-line...on an angle (as mentioned)???

Wouldn't the ice and snow still "dam" since the water/ice would drip under the felt, and also leak if any holes exist in the roof? What does the felt prevent?

An alternative, but related question would be about heating elements: does anyone recommend the heating elements to prevent ice damming? I've heard the problem with those was, if you don't turn them off, you will have a whopper of a heating bill. Maybe over the years, someone came up with a sensor to turn on and off the heating elements when moisture hits them??? Any insights?

Looking for help from this very brilliant forum of DIYs -- what do you suggest for my roof issue? (looking for the cheapest, easiest, most effective solution to get through the winter...until a new roof can be afforded -- maybe a metal roof could be my long-term solution).

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Looking for help from this very brilliant forum of DIYs -- what do you suggest for my roof issue? (looking for the cheapest, easiest, most effective solution to get through the winter...until a new roof can be afforded -- maybe a metal roof could be my long-term solution).

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The heating elements are virtually worthless. The freeze-thaw cycles produce such mass quantities of ice in the gutters and with temps well below freezing, it is nearly impossible to eliminate/melt the ice. Your best bet is to keep the temps in the attic the same temp as the outside........this is what keeps ice from forming in the gutters. If your attic is warmer than the outside air, it melts the snow which accumulates as water in the gutters and builds up ICE DAMS as a result. You really need to address the ventilation problem before anything else.
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Most ice dams are a heat loss issue. Fix the heat loss and you will solve a majority of your issues.

+1 to the venting suggestion from Gymschu.

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Old 08-23-2012, 11:18 AM   #20
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1) DangerMouse, I like the idea you had in Post #9, but wonder if it's more appropriate for a shed roof, than a pitched house roof. Not sure but will continue to ponder that great suggestion.

2) Okay, seems everyone is in agreement: heating elements are out.

3) Ventilation issues: yes, I have had those addressed under the limited abilities of a retro-fit correction. Insulation along the kneewall, added vents along the soffit (? guter area), a solar fan to help with circulation, etc.

What I have been told was, because my roof is older, there isn't sufficient...hmm, I believe it was "flashing". Once I re-roof, it significantly help. And of course, additional ventilation can be added.

But I'm not at that re-roof point. So it's tarp...or nailed on felt...or...continuing to try and "roof rake".
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I suppose it also would depend upon the pitch, although you did say TEMPORARY, and tarps are a good temporary protection that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

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Yes, I agree. Cheap, and relatively easy. It's where I started...but was redirected by the comments in this thread.

Just trying to find out if there's something better for my "easy fix".

Anybody have answers to the felt questions? Or experience to share?
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I don't see anything about air loss corrections?

Insulation on a kneewall won't do anything to stop air loss.

Granted, some areas are tougher than others to fix and some climates are tougher than others.

We have fixed plenty of ice dams issues via proper air sealing and insulation. I would be willing to bet this home could be fixed as well.
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Insulation on the kneewall prevents the heat from (hopefully) entering the attic space, and therefore keeps the roof cool.

I never heard anyone mention air corrections / air loss...so I'm intrigued.

What are ways in which you would make air corrections? And, who would I call to do that? A handyman? Someone in heating and cooling?
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Look for an energy auditor or someone specializing in energy efficiency retrofits (air sealing and insulation).
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Felt over your exsisting roof is not likely to survive all winter. The air/heat loss issue pertains to the amount of insulation over your heated living space; is there enough to keep the attic from "heating up" and making the snow pack melt on the bottem. Tarp is the goto for TEMPORARY protection.
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Okay, it sounds like tarping is my answer. Thank you all!

When I Googled "roof tarps" I only saw the traditional blue color.

Anyone know of manufacturers that make, perhaps, a charcoal grey (something close to a shingle color)? A color that might be a little less noticeable than bright blue?
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I've seen tarps of all colors, but, yeah, mostly blue........they seem to be the least expensive. I have purchased a few at Tractors Supply that were black on one side and gray on the other. Not sure who makes them though.
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Anyone know of manufacturers that make, perhaps, a charcoal grey (something close to a shingle color)? A color that might be a little less noticeable than bright blue?
Brown tarps are pretty easy to find. Ace and Do It Best hardware in my area both have brown.

I have a outbuilding with a tarp roof. The North side is still dry after three years, the South (sun) side didnít survive one summer.
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Thanks guys, that's really great information. You're all so awesome and knowledgeable, I appreciate your help!

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