Old Man Winter can be a dangerous enemy to home owners if the right protection is not put in place. Water damage from ice dams in the eaves and gutters of your roof can cause a number of costly problems to the integral structure and soundness of your home. Understanding the roots of the problem, as well as three important defenses to guard against it may be the only way to protect yourself and your home during the cold winter months.

If you notice ice dams around your property, feel free to contact Smart Roofing and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ice damming and/or conduct a roof and attic inspection of your home.

What are Ice Dams?

Ice dams are problematic snow and ice formations that are seen on roofs and eavestroughs of homes located in colder climates like Toronto. While they may sometimes look pretty, ice dams can wreak havoc on roofs, and its presence may be an indicator that the attic has poor insulation and ventilation.

How Ice Dams Form?

As snow and ice begin to surround the exterior of a home, most families find themselves turning up the heat and gathering around fireplaces to stay warm. Sometimes, this heat may escape into the attic of the home, and combine with the sun’s radiated warmth to melt the snow on the top of the roof.

This causes water to run down the valleys of the roof until it reaches the colder areas of the roof, like the eavesthrough, where it refreezes as ice. Repeating this process over and over throughout the days creates ice dams, which result in water backing up under roof shingles and fascia.

This can lead to damage in the attics, ceilings, walls, and roof of your home.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

The keys to your success in avoiding ice dams are: propery attic insulation, attic ventilation, and water-proofing shingle underlayment.

By insulating the floor of the attic, more heat stays in the living spaces of the home, instead of allowing it to travel upward into the roof. Adequate attic ventilation will then allow escaped heat or moisture to be drawn out, keeping the roof deck cool and the interior structure free from mildew or wood rot. Water-proofing underlayment acts as the last line of defense, preventing water back-up under the shingles of your roof, thus protecting your investment in your home.

Smart Roofing’s 4-Step System to Preventing Ice Dams

Protecting your home from the damage of ice dams, or correcting a roof problem that has occurred already should be top priority. Professional repair and installation of these defenses will help to guard against the harmful wiles of Old Man Winter.

At Smart Roofing, we take a system-based approach to preventing ice dams from occuring on your roof. This includes an attic inspection, followed by ensuring proper attic ventilation, air sealing and attic insulation. Click to read more about Smart Roofing’s 4-step system to preventing ice dams.

Contact Smart Roofing today to learn more about ice dam prevention. You can also fill out our online quote form for an attic insulation and ventilation estimate.

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