How to Prevent Ice Dams from Forming on Your Roof

Posted on December 28, 2015 · Posted in Roof Maintenance, Roofing Safety

Ice dams are one of the biggest problems that you can face in the winter, causing costly damage to your roof, not to mention they’re dangerous when that ice finally crashes down. Use the following checklist to prevent ice dams from being a hassle for you this winter.

Add More Insulation in the Attic

When you have plenty of insulation in your attic, you’ll keep the heat in and the cold out. You want to make sure that your roof stays cold in the winter. You run into trouble when the temperature on your roof spikes up above 32 degrees. That’s when any accumulated snow will melt and hit the edge of the roof that is still at a freezing temperature. You’ll run into problems with ice dams if your roof gets too warm.

Give Your Roof’s Ventilation a Boost

Check your ventilation. You should have a combination of soffit vents and a ridge vent. As a rule of thumb, there should be an opening for ventilation in the roof that is one square foot in area placed at intervals for every 300 square feet of the floor of your attic. When you add baffles, you can ensure that there will be nothing blocking the airflow from your soffits. When the air is flowing freely, you’ll be able to keep an even temperature on the roof.

Clear the Roof of Snow

Be diligent about clearing snow off of the roof with a snow rake. When you allow it to accumulate, you increase the risk of ice dams. Don’t let more than six inches accumulates. Otherwise, you could be placing too much of a burden on your roof.

Consider Metal Roofing

For certain homes, metal roofing is an excellent solution when you want to avoid ice dams. The ice and snow slips right off the smooth surface, avoiding potential build-ups and damage.

Talk with the team of professional roofers at Horch Roofing. They’ll be able to help you to choose the style of metal roof that you prefer, using roofing material that is fabricated at Horch Roofing’s own facility.

Winter won’t cause a problem when you put yourself in the reputable hands of the Horch Roofing crew.