In Minnesota, ice dams are a common problem for many homes and businesses during the winter months. At Refuge Roofing & Siding, when your home develops ice dams, we will absolutely be there to help you. In fact, we specialize in storm damage repairs which include ice dams. However, we hope your home or business never has to get to that point. At Refuge Roofing & Siding, we believe that ice dam prevention is the ultimate service that we can provide to our customers. If you live in Minnesota, don’t waste time! Get prepared for this Minnesota winter with ice dam prevention.
Why are Ice Dams Dangerous?
Before we dive into ways to prevent ice dams from forming, it’s important to understand why they are so dangerous in the first place. Many new homeowners or perhaps those just moving into Minnesota, may not understand why ice dams can be so dangerous to your health and to your home. Ice dams are a big block of ice that sits on the eves and slopes of your roof. It is created by a repetition of heat and cold. As snow falls on the roof, the heat of the roof may melt it, causing it to turn to liquid. Then, as it reaches the eaves of the roof, it refreezes, causing a large ice dam. This repetition of thawing and then freezing can create a large weight on your roof, causing structural and water damage to your home. When that happens, not only is it hazardous to your health and living conditions, but it can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Ice Dam Prevention
There are many things you can do to help prevent the formation of ice dams on your roof. Most of these things should be done in advance by a professional who has experience in ice dam prevention. While preparing for the winter, closing off attic bypasses will help prevent the heat from working its way up to the attic and causing the snow to melt. Proper ventilation of heat is essential. At Refuge Roofing & Siding, our specialists can come take a look and see if your home or business could benefit from additional soffit and roof vents to help prevent this issue. Another essential preventative measure is keeping the right amount of insulation within your attic. This has been shown to dramatically decrease the chance of ice dam buildups.
When money, safety and the comfort of your home is on the line, it’s best not to wait. Call Refuge Roofing & Siding today and let our ice dam specialists keep your home or business safe this winter. For more information, give us a call today at (651) PRO-ROOF.