What are Ice Dams?
Ice dams are the result of an accumulation of ice and water on the roof and under the shingles. They form when the upper areas of a roof are at above-freezing temperatures and the lower-hanging areas are below-freezing. Melting snow and ice runs down the roof and then re-freezes on the edge of the roof and in the gutters. This causes excess water from melting snow to back up and pool behind the "ice dam" and work it's way up under the shingles, leading to the possibility of a leak. If not addressed early on, ice dams can potentially cause major water damage to your home. In addition, the sheer weight of the ice dams can also damage gutters, downspouts and fascia boards.
While it would be very difficult to prevent snow and ice from getting on your roof altogether, there are a few things you can do to help prevent the formation of ice dams. First and foremost, make sure your gutters are in proper working condition. Make sure they are free of debris and at the right angle to allow melting snow and ice to drain off your roof. The less snow and ice on your roof, the less likely ice dams are to form. Since ice dam formation is often caused by heat escaping your home, it's important that your attic is well insulated and your home offers proper ventilation. If you do get a heavy snow, consider carefully removing the snow before it gets a chance to melt. We advise using a roof rake, a broom or other long-handled devices to remove snow before it has a chance to melt. Please avoid climbing on your roof, especially during the winter months as ice and snow make it more likely for you to slip and fall.
Addressing these issues now and doing everything you can to prevent ice dams will help you avoid costly home and roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you do find yourself in need of roof repairs this winter season, give us a call at 573-302-0354. We offer free roof inspections and free estimates! When it comes to your roofing needs, there's no job too big or too small for Above & Beyond Roofing!