How Do Metal Valleys Help Stop Ice Dams?

Posted on November 7, 2019 · Posted in Metal Roofing, Roofing Education

Ice dams on roofs are quite common, but when left unattended, they can lead to costly leaks and damage.

If present, it’s essential to have these ice dams removed professionally and quickly. Yet, the best course of action is to invest in ice dam prevention. A metal valley can help with this.

What Is a Metal Valley?

A roof valley is an area where two roof faces come together. It’s a common element of architectural design, creating different levels and heights to the home’s structure. However, because of its design, the valley can easily become the ideal place for water to pool. This creates ice pockets when the temperature drops. A metal valley is a way to prevent this from occurring.

A metal valley is a pre-bent roofing material designed specifically to protect these areas of the roof. It’s placed on top of an ice and water shield present in the valley. As a barrier, it helps ensure the roof remains dry and protected even as temperatures change.

How Does a Metal Valley Provide Ice Dam Protection?

When you have an ice dam, roof materials bend and flex to account for the ice. As water freezes, the ice expands, moving those materials out of alignment. This creates areas where water leaks into the underlayment and roofing structure, putting your home at risk.

Because metal valleys can assist in preventing this from happening, they work to keep the roofing materials dry. Metal tends to be the best choice for this for many reasons. It lasts longer and is more durable. It’s also very versatile, which means it can be used in most areas where roof valleys exist. More so, it protects all aspects of the roof, including the shingles, felt, and the roof deck.

Is a metal valley right for your roof? It’s best to have our trained technicians inspect your roof first to ensure it’s in good condition. Then, our team will work with you to install these valleys to minimize ice dam risk significantly.

Seek Out the Experience of Horch Roofing

When it comes to ice dam solutions, Horch Roofing offers the expertise you need. Contact us to find out how we can help with prevention and ice dam removal today.