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Minneapolis Roofing Contractors Help Homeowners Deal with Ice Dams

Originally Posted onJanuary 2, 2014 by Justin Hansen

Minneapolis is said to have the coldest average temperature of all U.S. metropolitan areas. Current winter conditions are further testament to this fact, according to a recent report by Alastair Jamieson and Simon Moya-Smith of NBC News.

Bitterly cold weather lingered in central and eastern parts of the country on Monday, with some regions experiencing wind chills as low as 25 to 35 degrees below zero.

“Very cold wind chills this morning,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory for Wisconsin, warning about the possibility of frost bite and hypothermia if precautions weren’t taken.

The combination of frigid air and high winds would produce wind chills of up to 35 degrees below zero from the Dakotas into Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, it predicted.

The Weather Channel noted that Minneapolis saw a 32 degree temperature swing on Sunday, “starting the day at 29 degrees, at midnight, temperatures plummeted to 3 below zero by 10 a.m. And factoring in the winds, it felt closer to 20 below.”

Aside from the threats of frost bite and hypothermia, freezing temperatures can also take their toll on roofing systems. Things can be especially disastrous when below-zero temperatures are accompanied by heavy snowfall. Minneapolis locals should be particularly concerned about ice dams, which form when water from melted snow from the roof runs down to the eaves and re-freezes.

When snowfall continues, these ice dams will eventually cause additional water from melted snow to back up, thereby forcing it to seep through the shingles and eventually find its way into the ceiling and walls inside the home. The weight of ice dams can also cause gutters to sag and pull away from the fascia, the vertical finishing edge that connects these components to the roof. Such roofing troubles will require professional roof repair in Minneapolis, MN.

Some locals understand just how damaging ice dams can be and consequently feel compelled to take matters into their own hands. However, unsafe techniques like jabbing at ice dams with an ice pick or hacking through ice dams with an axe can only inflict further damage on a roof. Professional Minneapolis roofing contractors, on the other hand, ensure proper and safe removal of ice dams.

Minneapolis is no stranger to winter-related roof troubles. Fortunately, local homeowners don’t have to deal with these things on their own as they can rely on trusted roofers like Family First Construction to provide safe and thorough ice dam removal as well as other related services.

(Article Information from Brrrr! Mercury plummets 32 degrees in just hours in Minneapolis as bitter cold lingers,, Published 29 December 2013)

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