What Ways Can Ice Dams Damage Your Home?


Ice dams are common problems homeowners face in the winter. They develop on the edge of the roof and prevent melted snow from draining properly. When left unaddressed, water backing up beneath the ice dams can penetrate shingles, enter your home and damage your ceilings, walls and insulation.

Ice Dams Damage Your Home

Learn more about the possible ways ice dams can damage your home from a local roofing and gutter replacement expert.

How Do Ice Dams Form?

Uneven temperatures on the roof contribute to the formation of ice dams. For ice dams to develop, snow must be present on the roof, and the higher exterior surfaces should be at least 32°F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. Poor attic ventilation is the most common cause of ice dams. Sometimes, heat from the sun also results in uneven roof temperatures, which can lead to ice dam formation.

Why Are They a Problem?

Ice dams can damage roofing shingles. Residential contractors know how to remove them safely, which is why you should always entrust this task to a professional. Make sure to have ice dams removed before they start compromising your roof’s structural integrity. Left unattended, ice dams have the potential to cause premature roofing failure.

Ice dams can cause serious water damage. Ice that backs up under your roof will melt once it comes into contact with the warmer air from your living space. This moisture can then seep underneath the shingles and enter your home. When this happens, water damage is inevitable, manifesting as problems like weakened walls, buckled floors and even collapsed ceilings. Failure to address water-related issues also often leads to mold growth. Aside from unsightly stains on your home’s surfaces, mold can also affect your indoor air quality and put the health of your family at risk.

How Do You Prevent Ice Dams?

A key step in preventing ice dams is to ensure your gutters are in good shape and working properly. With an efficient gutter system, ice dams are less likely to form because the gutters will drain melted snow effectively. Make sure to have your gutters regularly inspected and cleaned to keep them from clogging.

Just as important is ensuring your attic is properly ventilated. This helps maintain a consistent temperature across the roof, preventing the formation of ice dams.

For superior residential roofing services, turn to Bone Dry Roofing. Our team will inspect your roof and determine the best ways to get rid of and avoid ice dams. We also offer gutter installation services. Contact us today at 812.916.4350 to get a free quote. We serve clients in [sfl_city], [sfl_state] and nearby communities.




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