Ice Dams and How they can Affect You

Winter can be tough on a roofing system.  Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter.  This heat, combined with heat from the sun can melt snow on the roof.  When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it refreezes.  This continual thaw and re-freeze process creates ice dams.

If ice dams are not properly addressed they can lead to significant damage to the interior of your home.  The best solution is to install heat cables inthe gutter and downspouts or on areas of the roof.  This allievates the problem by melting the ice and not allowing them to form in the first place.

If you’d like more information on haveing heat cables install for ice dam prevention, please call Phil Knell is our maintenance department at 847.866.6868.