Published on March 4th, 2013 | by Henri


Metal ice belt is rusting

Q.   There is a metal strip across the front and back bottom edge of the roof on my cape-style home. I’ve been told it is to prevent ice jams. It’s rusting and looks awful. I would like to have it replaced. Since the roof itself is in good shape I don’t know who to contact that could do this work inexpensively. I, myself, will not be climbing any ladders I can assure you.

A.  This is the time to have the metal ice belt replaced with a membrane such as Grace Ice & Water Shield or equivalent. The membrane should be adhered to clean sheathing and new shingles nailed over it. The membrane self-seals around the nails. The new shingles are not likely to match but a close enough color will look like a feature strip.

Neither the membrane nor replacing the metal (a less desirable option) will be inexpensive. An experienced general contractor or roofing contractor is the person to call.

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