Are ice dams damaging your roof? Above-average snowfall and below-average cold temperatures throughout the winter season may leave homeowners finding that the wrath of this winter has left long-term roof damage in its wake.
Ice Dams: What You Should Know to Help Protect Your Roof
In regions hit hard during winter, the seemingly harmless icicles dangling from rooftops may actually signal potential ice dams.
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a wall of ice along the edge of the roof that forms when melting snow continually thaws over warmer portions of the roof and refreezes along the roof’s colder eaves. The melted water that pools behind the ice dam gets trapped, creating the potential to leak into the home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other structural areas.
To help avoid the increased potential for ice dam damage on your home, consider following these proactive and preventive tips.
Contact a local roofing contractor who can evaluate your roof for damage and determine what your roof needs are. This could include additional:
- Ice and water barrier products
- Ventilation, and/or
- Additional insulation
Start with the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network to find an independent roofing contractor in your area.
- Prepare your home for next year’s winter.
- Clean gutters and downspouts of debris each fall before winter strikes.
- Has your attic been inspected for proper attic ventilation and insulation?
Ask your roofing contractor about:
- WeatherLock® Ice and Water Barrier products †
- VentSure® Ventilation products
- AttiCat® Insulation