Ice and icicles are a part of winter, and they can be beautiful as they catch the sun or create interesting formations. However, winter weather damage from snow and ice accumulating on your roof or hanging off your gutters and eaves is downright dangerous and can cause major damage to your roof. Winter storm damage can even result in leaks coming into your home, through ceilings, walls and insulation.
In order to avert disaster, it’s important to know how winter weather and storms can damage your home. Snow and ice that build up on the eaves of your home cause a barrier between the warmth of the interior of your home and the cold air around it. This causes the insulated snow between the layers to melt, and that water flows down to your eaves and gutters where it freezes again, forming ice dams.
With the sharp swings we’ve had in temperatures lately, ice dams can be pretty hard to avoid. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent them:
- Make sure you have plenty of insulation in your roof.
- To ensure proper air flow at your roof line, have an attic fan installed (or make sure your current one is working properly) along with proper roof and soffit vents.
- Consider installing an “ice belt” around your eaves. These are made of a low-friction surface that may facilitate snow sliding off the roof before it can melt and re-freeze.
If ice dams do form on your roof, they need to be taken care of right away, before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your roof’s structure. Shoveling just around the edges will actually only exacerbate the problem, so unless you’ve got a roof rake to clear the snow from your entire roof, you’ll need to call in professionals to safely remove the ice. (Don’t even think about climbing up there with tools to break it up. You’ll most likely damage your roof in the process, not to mention yourself!)
There are a lot of things to think about in this cold weather to keep your home and family safe. If, despite your best efforts, the unexpected does occur, the team of certified and trained restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24/7, 365 days a year.