Ice dams are a common occurrence in areas with cold winter temperatures and frequent snowfall. They can add excessive weight to your roof, which can compromise its structural integrity. These ice formations can also cause meltwater to seep into the shingles, which can cause leaks and damage your ceilings and walls.
Prevent this problem with these tips.
Seal Attic Leaks
Heated air can escape through the gaps in drywall, cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys and other ceiling penetrations. You should seal air leaks in your attic since it can get really warm in spring or summer. Addressing air leaks won’t just stop ice dams, but it will also reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Have Your Gutters and Roof Inspected
Regular gutter and roof maintenance can help in preventing ice dams. Make sure your roof is in good shape and properly vented before winter arrives. Your gutters should also be clog-free to prevent water buildup, which can contribute to ice dam formation.
Get Rid of Attic Heat Sources
There might be heat sources in your attic that you’re not aware of, such as older recessed lights that are mounted on the floor. These lights can generate a significant amount of heat in the attic, enough to heat the air above the freezing point, especially with inadequate ventilation.
Improve Ventilation and Insulation
Homes with efficient ventilation systems are less likely to experience ice dams. When cool air circulates within the attic space, the roof stays below freezing and can’t melt snow on the roof. Aside from adequate attic ventilation, insulating your ceilings or the inner surface of the roof can prevent ice dams. However, adding insulation alone isn’t enough to eliminate ice dams. It should be combined with sufficient ventilation.
Whether you need a roof repair or replacement, you can count on Pressure Point Roofing Eugene, LLC. Call us at (541) 688-7663, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and get a free estimate. We serve clients in Eugene, OR, and surrounding areas.