Ice dams can be a major problem for homeowners during the winter months. Ice dams form when snow melts on the roof and then refreezes, resulting in a buildup of ice along the edges of the roof. This buildup can cause problems such as water damage, mold growth, and even structural damage to your home which will require professional Collingwood roofers to repair. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent and deal with ice dams.
Identify Problem Areas
The first step in dealing with an existing ice dam is to identify which areas of your roof are prone to forming them. The most common areas are those that don’t get much sunlight or those that face north, east, or west. Knowing these problem areas will help you target them specifically when it comes time to deal with existing ice dams. Additionally, knowing where they form on your roof may help you prevent future ice dams from forming in the same spots.
Hire Collingwood Roofers to Help
It might sound like something a quick DIY can fix, but in reality, it’s much faster, safer, and more reliable to hire a professional to remove ice dams for you. It’s incredibly easy to damage your shingles or gutters while trying to break the ice away yourself. Professional Collingwood roofers know just how to get rid of the ice without causing further damage, and have the special equipment and training to do so.
Prevent Future Ice Dams
The best way to deal with an existing ice dam is by preventing future ones from forming in the first place! This means addressing any underlying issues that may be causing them such as poor insulation or inadequate ventilation in your attic space. Additionally, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are all clear so that melting snow has somewhere else to go besides up over your roofline. Finally, though a more pricey fix, installing heat cables along vulnerable sections of your roof can help keep snow from building up and refreezing at its edge.
Ice dams can cause serious damage if left unchecked—from water seeping into walls and ceilings to mold growth due to moisture buildup inside and around your home’s structure. However, by identifying problem areas on your roof ahead of time and taking proactive steps such as installing heat cables and improving insulation/ventilation in attics spaces, you can significantly reduce the chances of an icy disaster occurring this winter season! But if the worst does happen, We offer professional ice dam removal services all season long!