Roofing

Published on June 4th, 2013 | by Henri

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Painting or replacing metal strip on roof

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 dams. 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.

A.    Under the circumstances, the simplest thing for you to do is to hire a painter to scrape the rust off and paint the metal strips. This is your least expensive way to fix the problem.

Later, when your roof is ready for replacement, instead of having the metal ice belts replaced, you should specify that you want a synthetic membrane such as Grace Ice & Water Shield applied to the eaves, valleys and around skylights, chimneys and any other roof penetrations. Shingles can be nailed through the membrane as it seals around the nails.

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