Winters is all about hot chocolates, cold and snow. So when it arrives, people tend to spend most of their hours removing snow from all unwanted places in and around their houses. The driveways and porches are full of snow and even though there is a beauty in walking in the snow feeling your fingers and feet glow but if it reaches your roof, it can cause more harm than good as it is hazardous for your roof.
Snow is made up of water at the end of the day, so water from melting snow often flows and reaches the unheated soffit area and refreezes. This water later causes ice dams in the Stouffville & attic. Once the water reached that area, homeowners notice damage in their interior walls, their ceiling, insulation and roof deck. Ridges along the edge of the roof are covered with ice dams. The attic or the roof space of your home has heat trapped which causes the snow to melt and accumulate on the edge of the roof. Since it is winter, the water then freezes into an ice dam and prevents the snow water from falling off the roof.
DANGERS OF ICE DAMMING
Ice dams basically prevent the melting water from flowing down the roof which causes ice to build up on the roof. This ice that builds on the roof tends to leak slowly and infiltrate through the ceiling into your house. This infiltration causes tremendous damage to areas such as the walls, floors, ceilings, and insulation.
PREVENT THE DAMAGE
Here are a few tips that will help you fight the ice dam formation during cold winters. These tips should be followed by all homeowners to save them from ice damming in the attic.
- The attic has some heat trapped, try to keep this space cold by insulating it to prevent heat loss from the interior of the house which plays a role in melting of snow on the roof.
- You must ensure airflow at the eaves, to do so, you must install baffles when insulating.
- The eavestrough should be lower than the roofline, as it will allow the snow to slide off easily.
- Install a gutter guard to keep the eavestrough free of debris, you must hold bi-annual inspections as well for cleaning it.
- You should install ice and water shield at the eaves of all heated roof decks in conjunction with a metal drip edge or eavestarter. This creates a watertight envelope at the eaves above the eavestrough and dramatically reduces the odds of an ice-damming leak.
Lastly, seek the help of a professional eavestrough service who has the right knowledge to remove ice dams from your roof effectively to prevent any kind of damage. They understand the technical know-how to melt such ice dams with a controlled heating process that protects your roof and shingles. This process steer clears the ice dam from the roofline and makes the melted snow fall off the roof without any accumulation.