Icicles hanging along the eaves and gutters of a house look beautiful, but can mean serious trouble- both inside and outside. These icicles can indicate that a roof has existing problems with ice dams, and needs attention before water starts coming into the house.
Ice dams generally form at the gutters and eaves of the roof, and prevent melting ice and snow from leaving the roof. Insufficient attic insulation causes heat rising from your home to heat the roof surface. The snow on the heated roof surface melts faster than that of the rest of the roof. When the melted snow and ice meet the still frozen sections at the roof line, ice dams form. The weight of ice dams can cause gutters, and soffits to completely collapse, while also damaging shingles. Expanding ice dams can push water up the roof slope causing interior leaks and costly damage.
One of our roofing specialists can help in assessing what items you may need to keep your home safe through severe winter weather.
It is important to get your roof evaluated before winter to prevent any ice damming issues before they happen, but it’s better to do it late than never! We have a team at AMDG working all winter to ensure your home stays safe, both inside and outside. Give us a call or head to our website to schedule an evaluation.