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What Can You Do to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof?

December 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

What Can You Do to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof?Ice dams are one of the most common causes of roof and gutter damage during the winter. Ice dams typically form near a home’s roofline as a result of residual heat in the attic. The heat from the attic causes snow and ice on top of the roof to melt, but when the water runs down the roof and reaches the edge, it stops and re-freezes. The resulting ice can then trap more water, and ultimately lead to huge, heavy ice dams that pose a threat to your roof and gutter system. The good news is, there are a few steps you can take to prevent ice dams from developing on your roof this winter.

Prevent heat buildup in the attic.

On cold days, it’s important to keep heat contained in your home and prevent it from building up in the attic. Keep attic doors closed, and consider having your attic inspected for sources of heat loss such as gaps in drywall and spaces around light fixtures. These gaps should be sealed to maintain a consistent temperature in the attic.

Check your insulation.

In addition to sealing your attic space, you should also be sure to inspect the condition of your attic’s insulation. If there isn’t enough insulation, or if the insulation is worn and damaged, the attic will be more likely to experience extreme temperature fluctuations. This, in turn, can make your roof more prone to ice dam buildup.

Make sure the attic is properly ventilated.

Do you have enough vents in your attic? If not, warm air might be getting trapped there on cold days. Proper ventilation can help maintain the temperature equilibrium in your attic, thereby preventing the roof from warming up and generating ice dams. As a general rule of thumb, you should have 1 square foot of vent space for every 300 square feet of attic floor space.

If your gutter system is damaged by ice dams this winter, the team at Bell Seamless Gutters can help. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about our repair and replacement services today!

Written by Walt Bell

Walt Bell

Walt Bell is the owner of Bell Seamless Gutters out of New Jersey. He has over 50 years experience in the industry and serves customers of small homes to large buildings.


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