For maximum protection against water intrusion, you need more than just asphalt shingles on your roof! Ice and water barriers provide an additional layer of protection to keep water from getting into your home.

An ice and water barrier is a sticky membrane material that is installed on your roof sheeting prior to new shingle installation. This membrane is self-sealing to tightly close up around nails and serves to keep out any water that gets past your shingles. While your shingles are waterproof, there are many scenarios in which water can make its way around and under your shingles. For example, in high winds, rain can be driven under shingle flaps, or ice dams can cause snowmelt to slide under your shingles. Without an ice and water membrane, any water that finds its way under your shingles has an easy route into your home—where it can cause water damage to your house’s interior and structure!

For best results, Giuffre Contracting LLC recommends installing ice and water barriers in your roof’s most vulnerable areas, including:

  • Eaves
  • Valleys
  • Rakes
  • Around chimneys
  • Around skylights
  • Around vents and other penetrations

We generally install ice and water membranes approximately six feet up from your eaves and roof edges to make sure your home is thoroughly protected against ice-dam based damage.

Have questions about how ice/water shields safeguard your roof and your home? Just give us a call. We’re happy to help with all of your Albany-area roofing needs!