Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Expires 3/1/19

Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Expires 3/1/19

Residential Roofing Contractor

Choosing The Right Residential Roofing Contractor

Dick’s Roof Repair Service has practiced residential roofing installation and repair in Kenosha and Racine since 1957. With almost 60 years of experience, we are the experts at repairing, replacing and installing roofing systems. We use only the best and most technically advanced roofing products available. We purchase our products from ABC Supply Co., Inc., the largest exterior home supplier in the United States. If you decided on a specialty item, we will make every effort to find that product, deliver and install it.

Owner Jeff Milkie is extremely involved in the community. We understand that you have many responsibilities, so we try to make the process as simple as possible. We have the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way to fully understand your needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget.

Here is what you need to know about a residential roofing contractor and the installation and repair of your roof:

1. We have a large experienced crew

We will arrive with a crew of 8 – 10 professionals who work quickly and efficiently to remove, clean-up and re-shingle your roof. The crew is respectful, as we treat the property like our own, and keep the disruption to a minimum. We typically complete the project within a few days.

2. Re-Roofing

Our experts will inspect your roof and offer advice if your roof can be shingled over the current shingles or if a tear-off is required. In addition, our team will replace all roof vents and add more vents where necessary.

3. Roof Repair

Dick’s Roof Repair Service specializes in repairing residential roofs that have valley leaks, chimney leaks, shingle replacement, rotten wood replacement, wind damage repair, and flat-roof leak repair. Our experts know what to look for when inspecting your roof and will recommend the best solution to repair your roof.

4. Dick’s Roof Repair Service is a Licensed Roofing Contractor

We are a Wisconsin State Certified and Fully Insured roofing company. When the bid is submitted, we provide you with all of the information that you need to make an educated decision in selecting your roofing contractor.

5. Check our References

Be sure to visit our gallery page to view other roofing projects that we completed. We will also provide you with references to go and look at.

6. Warranty

We will provide a 10 year workmanship warranty that includes leakage or materials that blow off due to installation.

By choosing an experienced and licensed contractor like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired a contractor that has the appropriate credentials and the resources to complete the project in a timely fashion.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate.

Roofing & Siding Contractor

We service our warranties and answer your call backs

Dick’s Roof Repair Service is the preferred residential roofing contractor for Kenosha and Racine. With almost 60 years of experience, Dick’s Roof Repair Service has the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way. We evaluate your home’s needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget. Family values, professionalism, and roofing philosophy are the cornerstone of Dick’s Roof Repair Service, that have helped us become a leader in the roofing industry in southeastern Wisconsin.

Home improvement projects — such as having a new roof installed or your home re-sided — are major decisions, and we understand the impact it has on your family. Most people tend not to think about their roof or siding until something happens, and it needs to be repaired or replaced. We try to make the process as simple as possible for you and your family. Dick’s Roof Repair Service provides a 10-year workmanship warranty that includes any leaks or material that should blow off due to the installation of the roof. Not to mention, you are receiving the warranty that the product we are installing offers as well. You can rest assured that the investment you made to update your home is well protected.  After your roof or siding has been installed or repaired, Dick’s Roof Repair Service is available via phone call to answer any questions that you may have about the service or product. We return all phone calls and messages in an appropriate timeframe, usually within 24 hours of receiving your call. At Dick’s Roof Repair, customer satisfaction is our primary goal.
By choosing a licensed contractor with years of experience like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired the right contractor. Contact Dick’s Roof Repair Service today for a free estimate.

Homeowner Association Trusted Contractor

Living in a community with a homeowners association has its advantages. We at Dick’s Roof Repair understand that repairing / replacing exterior areas of your homes can be a tricky endeavor, which is why we are a homeowner association trusted contractor. As a homeowner association’s trusted contractor we have the experience and a large enough team to deal with your association board’s needs, and individual owners to make sure that your roofing, siding, gutter or other exterior project goes smoothly for everyone involved.

Dick’s Roof Repair understands that the Homeowners Board has many responsibilities, so we try to make the process as simple for them as possible. Not only do we have almost 60 years of local experience, we come with the creditientals to prove we are the right company for the job. Here are some things homeowners association need to know about working with us on their roofing project.

1. Dick’s Roof Repair is a Licensed Roofing Contractor

We are a Wisconsin State Certified and Fully Insured roofing company. When the bid is submitted, we provide you with all the documentation that you need for your Association Board to make an educated decision in selecting your contractor.

2. Check Our References

Being in business for almost 60 years has allowed us to work on numerous Condo Association roofs. Some of our most recent references include:

Cornerstone Condominiums in Kenosha at 74th Street and 98th Ave

Greenridge Condos in Racine at Spring Street and Newman Road

3. Dick’s Roof Repair has a large experienced crew

We arrive on the job with a large experienced crew to complete the project in a timely manner. The crew is respectful of the individual owners and property, as we treat each like our own and keep the disruption to a minimum.

4. We don’t inconvenience Individual Owners

With numerous families living in your association , we do our best to accommodate all parties involved and follow the association’s rules and regulations.

5. One point of contact

With large enough crew working on the roofing project, there will be numerous people on site at any given point during the project. To make it easier on us and the association, we have one point of contact for all of your questions and needs throughout the entire process.

Exterior projects are a major decision for any association. By choosing an experienced and licensed contractor, like Dick’s Roof Repair, you will be assured and confident that you hired a contractor that has the appropriate credentials and the resources to complete the project in a timely fashion.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate of your next association project.