How To Prevent Ice Dams

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The winter season’s high winds and heavy rain can be extremely harsh on roofing materials. Ice dams are another common threat to roofs because of their ability to rip off shingles or tiles. The heavy ice buildup is also known to break rain gutters, remove paint, and damage drywall. To prevent ice dams from forming, follow a few important tips and get a yearly roof inspection by a Parker roofing professional.

One of the main steps to take to prevent freezing temperatures from affecting the roof is to increase the amount of air circulation that is present in the attic. Cool air will help control the temperatures of the roofing materials that are installed in order to ensure that the snow melts and drains off of the roof instead of freezing. This can be accomplished by installing vents, insulation, and fans in the space. Some homeowners make the mistake of using warm air in the attic, which can cause the snow to melt too quickly. This can cause the paint to crack and the insulation to become soaked with water.

The underside of the roof should be kept below 30 degrees.

Insulation can also be added to seal lights, fans, and other openings that are present, which will reduce the amount of warm air that accumulates.

Attic bypasses can also be closed. These can contribute to one-third of heat loss on the property. The attic insulation level should also be measured, and it should be 12 to 14 inches. Fiberglass and blown-in cellulose are prone to filling in more tightly around rafters and will prevent leaving gaps or spaces.

Ventilation should also be present around eaves and ridges with openings that are the same size. Vents should be kept open and free of snow to ensure that warm air escapes. Baffles should be placed at the eaves to ensure that there is enough airflow.

Ice dams may also form around drains, which will require that the homeowner connect the heating cables to the drains to reduce the amount of ice that forms. This will ensure that melting ice can flow well.

Keeping snow off the roof is one of the important steps to take to prevent ice dams from forming. Older snow is prone to freezing sooner and should be removed before fresh snow falls.

Rain gutters should also be cleaned, and the downspouts should be functioning properly to ensure that the melted snow is redirected off of the building.

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