Preventing Ice Dams this Winter Starts Now – August 2016 By Ryan Wilkinson 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!