Winter is here in central Ohio and, as most homeowners’ know, it’s important to take steps to ensure your home is protected against the elements. One of the most important precautions you can take is to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Ice dams are caused when snow and ice melts on the roof and then refreezes, creating a ridge of ice along the edge of the roof. This ridge of ice can cause a lot of damage, including cracking and leaking, as well as damage to your gutters and shingles. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof this winter.
- Insulate Attic and Roof: Start by ensuring your attic and roof are adequately insulated. Make sure there is enough insulation to keep the temperature in the attic consistent with the outside temperature.
- Ventilate Attic: Proper ventilation is also key in preventing ice dams. Make sure your attic has sufficient ventilation to keep the temperature in the attic consistent with the outside temperature.
- Seal Air Leaks: Make sure your roof is properly sealed to prevent warm air from escaping into the attic and melting the snow and ice on the roof.
- Remove Snow and Ice: When snow and ice accumulates on the roof, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible.
Need help ensuring your roof is protected during the winter? Give us a call at 614-878-6648 or request a free assessment below.