Avoid Damaging Ice Dams on Roof
Ice Dams on your Roof: Avoid these Damaging Occurrences
If you are familiar with ice dams on your roof, then you know about all of the trouble these things can create. For those of you who are unfamiliar, we will provide you on some information to help you understand how ice dams form and what to do if this situation arises. With the winter season creeping up on us, snow and ice are just a couple of elements that our homes need to withstand. More specifically in this article, we will be honing in how your roof will be affected by the winter weather.
What exactly is an ice dam?
An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of your roof. It prevents snow from draining off the roof. It can cause damage to your shingles and gutters. A large ice dam can even cause some structural damage. You could even end up with water damage inside your home if the ice dam completely blocks drainage off your roof. This will allow a large amount of water to build-up, which could then find its way into your home through cracks or damaged areas due to the ice dam.
Why do ice dams form?
This is the big question. For many people who deal with ice dams on a regular basis, it’s a question you have probably been asking for a long time. In most cases, it comes down to poor attic ventilation. You want your attic to remain cold in the winter. You also need good insulation on the attic floor to prevent the rising of warm air that comes from the inside of your home. If your roof has a “hot pocket” area, the snow/ice will melt down and create an ice dam at the edge of your roof.
What can be done about ice dams?
If you are dealing with an ice dam during every winter storm, you need a solution before bigger problems arrive – like roof damage and water leaks! Your best bet is to bring out a roof expert. A roof repairman will properly analyze your roof and attic area to figure out what areas need improvement in ventilation. In some cases, there are also water-repellent roof membranes that can be considered in extreme cases of ice dams.
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