Here at DiGiorgi Roofing, we even hate to say the word, ICE DAMS. After all, the last few winters have caused havoc on homes that unfortunately dealt with this problem. Many people are all too familiar with them, however aren’t necessarily sure how an ice dam forms.
Ice dams form when the snow melts off the roof, collects that the bottom of the roof and freezes. If your attic is not properly insulated from the living spaces of your home (such as second floor), your attic can become warm. The warm attic can melt the bottom layer of snow which then runs down the roof. Once frozen at the bottom, melting snow behind it has nowhere to drain as it is stopped by the ice dam. When this happens, the water that is forced to stay on the roof can manage to create leaks within the home, costing the homeowner headache and money.
The problem often times is the attic and the temperature. When your attic isn’t properly ventilated, the heat stays within the attic versus escaping, allowing for the snow on the roof to melt. By the time the snow has melted and nears the end of the roof, it freezes there and creates the backup of melting snow.
As you may remember, Alex, DiGiorgi Roofing and Sidings installation manager, answered a question from Janet in Connecticut about her ventilation in her roof and talks more about ice dams here:
Before Winter sets in, don’t hesitate to contact DiGiorgi Roofing today to have your Connecticut home looked at and corrected before its too late. Ventilation is crucial to your roof and will make all the difference in the world when you no longer have to fear an ice dam forming on your home.