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How to Protect Your Roof from the Dangers of Ice Dams

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.

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