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Ice and Water Barriers for Your Roof


Living in areas like Rockland County and Westchester County, where winter weather can be harsh, it's essential to ensure your roof is adequately protected against ice and water damage. I highly recommend installing ice and water barriers as part of your roofing system. Let's explore what these barriers are and why they're crucial for your home.


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What Are Ice and Water Barriers?

Ice and water barriers are self-adhesive membranes applied to the roof deck, particularly in vulnerable areas such as eaves, valleys, and around chimneys. They provide an additional layer of protection against water infiltration caused by ice dams and wind-driven rain.

Benefits of Ice and Water Barriers


  • Prevents Ice Dams: During winter, heat from your home can cause snow on the roof to melt and refreeze at the eaves, forming ice dams. These barriers help prevent water from backing up under the shingles and into your home.


  • Protects Against Wind-Driven Rain: In severe storms, wind can drive rainwater under your shingles. Ice and water barriers create a watertight seal, preventing leaks.


  • Extends Roof Lifespan: By preventing water damage, these barriers help extend the overall lifespan of your roof, saving you money in the long run.


Installation Tips

  • Proper Placement: Ensure barriers are installed along the eaves, valleys, and other vulnerable areas.


  • Overlap: Overlap sections of the barrier to create a continuous seal.


  • Hire a Professional: While DIY installation is possible, hiring a professional ensures the job is done correctly and provides peace of mind.


Ice and water barriers are a vital component of a robust roofing system, especially in climates with harsh winters. By investing in these barriers, you're taking a proactive step in protecting your home from water damage and extending the life of your roof. If you're planning a roofing project, discuss the benefits of ice and water barriers with your contractor.

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