It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…an ice dam!
It seems like everywhere you turn, the Colorado winter creates brilliant opportunities for ice dams to form at the edge of your roof. Winter weather isn’t the only things to blame; sometimes you’re overlooking simple factors that could prevent ice dams from forming, causing additional problems and damage to your roof.
Freezing rain, snow, sleet plus heat escaping out of your roof equals ice damming
The dam of frozen water acts just like you’d expect a dam to act, blocking the water as it trickles down your roof, into your gutters, down the waterspouts and far away from your home. But, water will find a way. If the water can’t escape out of your gutters, it will start to seep under your shingles, into your roof, walls, attic, ceilings, etc.
Create an escape route for all moisture so it doesn’t penetrate your home
Not only will moisture find a way to escape, the water causing the dam at the edge of your roof expands as it freezes and can causing shingles to lift up and shift, making your roof even further vulnerable to water penetration and moisture issues.
The weather may be out of our control. But, the shape and pitch of your roof, plus the lack of – or failing – insulation and ventilation IS in your control. Or, it is in your control to call Quality Roofing so we can come and help you solve the problem and prevent further ice damming.
Call a professional to remove and repair ice dams and damaged roofing materials
If you spot an ice dam, but don’t see any obvious damage you may be tempted to remove the ice dam yourself using a blowdryer and a hammer. Don’t! Even if you are careful to break gently up the ice dam into chunks, this is tedious work that requires a professional. Chunks of ice have been known to take shingles and roofing materials down with them as they fall. Plus, all of this work requires you to stand on a ladder while you handle tools and dodging falling snow and sharp rocks of ice as it falls. It’s an accident waiting to happen and not worth the risk.
An ice dam is a sign that something else is wrong with your roofing system, get it checked and repaired, and save a lot of costly damage in the future.