How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof
We are into the thick of fall here in the Twin Cities, and that can mean only one thing: winter is coming!
The harsh and long winters in Minnesota can show many challenges for homeowners. One of the biggest challenges faced by Minnesota homeowners is ice dams.
Ice dams in the winter are inevitable. However, if you are willing to take precautionary measures, you can say goodbye to them altogether.
Here’s how to prevent ice dams this winter!
How Do Ice Dams Form?
Before we get into prevention, we must first take a look at how ice dams form.
When the temperature dips to below freezing and snow begins to fall, it will begin to accumulate on your roof. If your roof is warming 32 degrees F, snow will begin to melt and run down to the edge where the gutters sit. This melted snow will accumulate at the gutters and begin to freeze again.
This process will repeat until you have a full-blown ice dam.
Ice Dam Prevention
The main way to prevent ice dams from forming is to keep the temperature of your roof below freezing. Keeping your roof at a lower temperature will negate the snow sitting on top of your roof from melting and freezing again at the edge.
Here are some ways to keep your roof at a consistently cold temperature.
Close Attic Bypasses
As you may know, heat rises. This is especially true in the wintertime, as the heating elements in your home are working full time. On average, a third of heat loss happens through your attic to your roof.
To prevent heat loss to your attic, you will have to plug up any holes, or find a way to assure no heat can escape.
Reinforce Your Attic Insulation
Another way to prevent heat loss is to add insulation to your attic. If you have eight inches or less of insulation in your attic, you may want to add more before the cold weather hits.
Add Roof and Soffit Vents
Ventilation in your roof is important during the winter as it brings in cold air while venting out any warm air. If your attic lacks necessary ventilation, we suggest installing soffit vents to prevent this from happening!
Contact Timberline for All Your Roofing Needs
When you need ice dam removal or any other roofing services such as inspection, hail damage repair, or full roof replacement, contact Timberline Roofing & Contracting!
Request a free quote today or call us at 612-284-5329 now for fast help!