Preventing Ice Dams

The best way to prevent winter roofing damage is to address any previous problems early in the Spring, and then look for any new potential problems in the fall. If you’ve never had any problems with your roof, you’ll only need to clean your rain gutters and check your roof for damage to avoid most complications.

In the previous blog post, we identified ways to keep your roof free of icicles. Another roofing issue common to the winter months is to address the cause of an ice dam. Ice dams are an ice blockage that occurs at the edge of your roof when excess water accumulates and freezes. Should an ice dam go unacknowledged, it will only grow as further precipitation accumulates and freezes, risking further damage to your roof.

If you have seen or suspect there are ice dams on your roof, the first thing you will want to do is identify the source of the moisture creating the dam. And where is the first place to diagnose this potential roof issue? Your attic.

Improper insulation is another common issue that could cause dams. An attic inspection will confirm if you have proper attic insulation, as inadequate insulation could result in pockets of moisture forming resulting in an ice dam. If you notice any leaks or general dampness in your attic, it could be that your insulation is lacking. This is a problem that needs to be fixed immediately as leaks can cause the structural members of your roof to rot.

Alternatively, moisture can be created if your attic hatch is unsealed, so you will want to ensure that your hatch is covered by weather-stripped caps to prevent moisture, ice dams, and loss of heat.

Next, you will want to consider your vents. Your vents circulate air throughout your home and you want to make sure that all vents and ducts are connected to the outside of your home via your roof ducts rather than your soffits.

Is your ceiling springing the occasional leak? Or would you just like to make a few cosmetic changes to your roof? For attic inspections and roof repairs in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and surrounding areas, you can always trust the experts at Same Day Roofing. Call us (905) 902 7663 for a free estimate on your next attic inspection.