Ice Dam Prevention

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When you live in a cold region where you will have to deal with things like the possibility of ice dams on your roof, it is important for you to become educated on the things that you can do to prevent them. The information here can prove to be very helpful when it comes to preventing ice dams.

Understanding ice dams on the roof – Ice dams can occur on your roof when there is a good amount of snow that ends up melting over heated areas that can cause the surface of the roof to be warmer than the freezing outside temperature. Once the snow melts, it can freeze again and form ice along certain spots. These areas of ice can create a dam, and this can cause your roof to experience leaks along the eaves. When more ice builds up, it can also cause a flow to occur under your shingles which can then go into your attic. Ice dams can cause quite a bit of damage in different areas, and this is why it is so important for you to do everything you can to prevent them from happening to begin with.

Keep ice dams in mind when having a new roof put on – When you are having a new roof put on your home, you will be in a great position to prevent future ice dams. This is due to the fact that you can have the appropriate steps taken to prevent them from happening to begin with. A membrane that is known as an ice shield can be put underneath the shingles near the eaves. Installation of this ice shield will prevent the water penetration from taking place that was mentioned above.

Properly insulate the attic – Something you can do to help prevent ice dams on your current roof is to make sure the attic is insulated well enough to prevent heat from warming up the outer surface of the roof. This is going to help to prevent that snow from melting and refreezing that causes the ice dams to begin with.

Use rock salt on the roof – A simple and a very affordable step that you can also take that can also help to prevent ice dams from occurring is to put a good amount of rock salt on the surfaces of your roof that you know are prone to having ice dams form.

For more information, contact your local roof replacement service.

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