What Ways Can Ice Dams Damage Your Home?


Ice dams are among the most common problems homeowners deal with in winter. This ice formation occurs on the edge of the roof and keeps 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 surfaces cause the formation of ice dams. For these ice formations 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 ventilation is the most common cause of ice dams. Sometimes, excessive heat from the sun also results in uneven roof temperatures.

What Can They Do to Your Roof and Home?

Ice dams can damage shingles and even tear off shingles from the roof. Experts like residential and commercial roofing contractors know how to remove them safely without causing damage. Make sure to have ice dams removed before they start compromising your roof’s structural integrity. Worst case, you may need to get a roof replacement because of them.

Another issue that ice dams can cause is water damage. Ice that backs up under your roof melts once it comes across warm air from your living space. It can cause water to seep underneath the shingles and enter your home. When this happens, water damage can occur and lead to problems like weakened walls, buckled floors, and 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?

Keep Your Gutters Cleaned

With an efficient gutter system, ice dams are less likely to form because it drains melted snow effectively. Make sure to have your gutters regularly inspected and cleaned to keep them from clogging.

Ensure Your Attic Is Sufficiently Ventilated

You can avoid winter roof damage and ice dams by ensuring your attic has sufficient ventilation. When your attic is properly ventilated, warm air from your home can effortlessly escape, helping keep the space cool.

For superior residential roofing services, turn to Fort Wayne. Our team will inspect your roof and determine the best ways to get rid of and avoid ice dams. We also offer brick repair and gutter installation services. Give us a call at 260.267.6189 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve clients in Fort Wayne and nearby communities.




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