An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the lower edge of a roof. Ice dams form due to the escape of heat into the roof space or attic. This heat accumulates and ultimately melts snow on the roof, which runs to the cold edge of the roof and forms an ice dam. Most ice dams occur on the lowest edge of your roof. They can, however, be found in other locations that are hard to see from the ground such as areas above skylights, on top of dormers or in roof pan areas. Factors such as solar orientation, snow cover, ventilation, insulation, tree coverage, home architecture and weather conditions all come into play to determine ice dam activity.
If ice dams are not properly treated, damage to your home is likely. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles. We do not recommend trying to address ice dam issues yourself with a hammer, shovel or any other DIY methods.
Our repair experts will be able to identify the best solution for your specific ice dam issue. Typically, heat cables and roof salts are used to remove an ice dam. We can also offer a number of preventative solutions for your roof, such as snow brackets and added ventilation.
Don’t let today’s ice dam turn into tomorrow’s interior leak! Call today to schedule your free estimate visit.