For fans of winter, the sight of glimmering icicles hanging from your snow-covered rooftop is enough to warm your heart and soul. But below these beautiful ice formations lies a real problem for your roof and your home, ice dams.
Ice dams are exactly what they sound like. These ice formations that tend to grow on the edge of your roof, prevent water from properly flowing off and away from your roof. Over time, as this water pools on your roof behind the ice dam, it can begin to make its way under shingles and into your home causing damage to your roof, walls, and your possessions.
Preventing ice dams can be done by following these steps:
- Check that your roof’s ridge and eaves are properly ventilated. Using a ridge vent with continuous soffit vents will circulate cool air under the roof, preventing warm spots that will attract pools of water.
- Make sure that the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents all lead outdoors through either the roof or walls, but never through the soffit.
- Consider having an energy audit on your home to determine if heat is leaking out of your home. Horch Roofing partners with local companies that can perform an energy audit for you.
Taking these steps will help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, allowing you to have a worry-free winter without fearing the sight of icicles.
If you have questions about your roof give us a call at (207) 273-1111. Since 2003, Horch Roofing has proudly served the communities of Midcoast Maine from their office in Warren, ME. You can also visit their office at 2414 Camden Rd, Warren, ME 04864
Horch Roofing is Midcoast Maine’s largest and most experienced roofing contractors. We provide Metal Roofing, Asphalt Shingle Roofing, EPDM Rubber Roofing, and Seamless Gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We also offer free roof estimates or job estimates.