Roofing – What Are Ice Dams & How They Be Prevented?

During winter, most Colorado residents encounter ice dams. These thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the edges of your roof are definitely a problem for homeowners as these can tear off gutters or loosen shingles. What’s worse, these icy barriers can trap water or melted ice on your roof, causing the water to seep through the shingles and into your home, which can consequently cause significant damage inside your home.

So what causes ice dams and how can you prevent them from forming? AquaDuct Roof and Gutters, one of the most trusted Denver roofing companies, gives you a brief explanation about how ice dams form and offers some prevention tips.

What causes ice dams?

When your attic is inadequately ventilated and not well insulated, the heat inside your home will eventually warm your roof, which will cause the snow on your rooftop to slowly melt. Naturally, the melted snow or water will then cascade down to the edges of your roof. Once the water hits the still-freezing eaves of your roof, the water will then re-freeze on the edge. This freeze-melt-cascade-re-freeze process will continue until an ice “wall” or a “dam” forms on the edge of your roof.

Ice dam prevention tip

As mentioned above, ice dams form because of inadequate ventilation and insulation in your attic. So the obvious and easy solution to this problem is to boost your attic insulation. Installing sufficient insulation and providing enough ventilation, whether it be mechanically aided (exhaust fan, etc.) or naturally occurring (soffit ventilation, etc.), can keep the interiors of your home warm while making sure that your roof stays cold to prevent snow on your roof from melting.

For any of your roofing concerns, only one among many roofing contractors in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas can provide you with top quality roofing products and services – AquaDuct Roof and Gutters. Just give us a call; our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you with your questions.