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Ice Damage

Winter may be a time where families stay huddled indoors, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore your home maintenance. With the recent snow storms that have gripped Colorado and New Mexico, homeowners must now be on the lookout for serious threats, including the forming of dangerous ice dams.

The Dangers of Ice Dams

Ice dams are an unsafe build up of ice that forms when rooftop snow is melted by the warm attic air and drips into the eavestroughs. Once the meltwater is away from the roof, it refreezes and clogs the eavestroughs and downspouts. As the winter goes on and more snow is melted, the ice dam grows until the meltwater has nowhere to go except down through the roof and into the home.

This attic flooding can cause severe damage to your home as it weakens your roof and may cause rot or mold. Ice dams are particularly dangerous because most homeowners are not aware of them until it’s already too late.

Communities that face large amounts of snow may experience ice buildups hidden beneath layers of snow. With Durango and Albuquerque receiving greater-than-average snowfall this last month, that risk extends to our communities as well.

How to Prevent Winter Roof Damage

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to prepare your home against the damages of ice dams.

The first way to prevent ice dams is by using heated cables on your roof. By keeping heated cables clipped to your roof or eavestroughs and maintaining a constant heat flow, the ice dams do not have a chance to form and the meltwater will flow down and away from your home.

Another important way to prevent ice dams is by controlling the temperature of your roof. Heat and energy naturally rise up through the home, but there are great ways to insulate your attic and trap heat within the structure. Ceiling insulation that is at least 12 inches thick will keep any excess heat from reaching your roof. New insulation will protect your home from the risk of ice damage, but will also have the benefit of lowering your winter heating bill.

Buildups of ice dams pose a great danger to homes, but a quick consult with the right experts can melt your fears away. Give the technicians at AMCAT roofing a call today at 970-799-6759 or visit us online to find out how to better protect your home.

Preventing Ice Dams this Winter Starts Now – August 2016

By Ryan Wilkinson

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Preventing Ice Dams this Winter Starts Now

Even though we are still in the midst of a beautiful summer here in Durango, Colorado, winter is never far off. It might seem silly to prepare your roof for winter at this time of year, but it is actually the ideal time to take care of lurking issues that could cause troublesome ice dams and wreak havoc on your roof, as well as the interior and exterior of your home.

What is an Ice Dam?

Even if the air temperature is below freezing, if the attic is not properly insulated, the temperature of your roof can get well above 32 degrees, causing any snow that has accumulated to melt. The melting snow that runs down the roof slope will refreeze when it reaches the colder gutters and begin to build up, creating a layer of ice under the shingles to form an ice dam. A telltale sign that you could have ice dams on your roof is large hanging icicles. While they may look pretty, they often mean that a large amount of water and ice is accumulating in your gutters. This could potentially cause water to flow into your walls and ceiling, creating mold, mildew, and a host of other structural issues.

Preventing Ice Dams with Metal Roofing

Preparation is key to preventing the build-up of ice on your roof. The best way to combat this is to swap your traditional shingles for metal roofing. Metal roofing is designed for snow and ice to slide right off. Heating sources like cables and guards are also available to prevent large ice chunks from falling in an “avalanche” effect. Because metal roofs automatically shed snow and ice, you won’t have to worry about ice dams or buildup in your gutters.

In harsh Colorado weather, it helps having a roofing system that can stand up during brutal snowstorms. The professionals at AMCAT Roofing are experienced with installing both residential and commercial roofing. They are also experts in assisting customers with roof repairs as a result of harsh weather conditions. Contact AMCAT Roofing today with any roofing related issues or questions!