The Many Ways Ice Dams Damage Homes

It’s not uncommon for local homeowners to become concerned about ice dams during the winter season. Inconsistent roof surface temperatures will cause snow melt to trickle down and refreeze at the edges, preventing water from draining away from the roof. In addition to putting the entire roofing structure under unnecessary stress, ice dams can cause extensive damage that may affect the rest of your house, such as:

Ice Dams Cause Damage

Icicles. These vertical ice formations can be a sight to behold on a bright winter’s day. Leaving them where they’re at, however, can cause your gutters to pull away from the roof’s fascia. In addition, falling icicles can damage the siding, break your windows and even hurt someone walking underneath them.

Roof shingle damage. Ice dams will continue to back up to the rest of the roof’s surface the longer they’re ignored over the winter months. With nowhere to go, the snow melt may start to seep underneath the shingles, turning into ice when temperatures start dropping again and causing damage.

Leaks and mold growth. In addition to shingle damage, your roof as a whole may become more prone to leaks due to ice dams. Water that penetrates through the roof can find its way into the attic. This will create a damp environment where mold and mildew can thrive and cause respiratory problems for everyone in your household. Stop this issue before it even starts by having your roof inspected before major seasonal changes take place and making sure that your attic is well-insulated to minimize the occurrence of ice dams.

Immediate and Long-Term Actions Against Ice Dams

Controlling heat loss inside your home is key to preventing ice dams. Along with insulating your attic space, see to it that the vents aren’t blocked to facilitate air circulation throughout your roofing structure. This winter, make it a habit to remove snow off your roof to minimize ice dam formation. More importantly, work with a reputable company like Bone Dry Roofing – West to ensure your roof stays in top shape over the winter months.

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