Winters in Rochester, NY, bring severe weather such as snow, sleet and freezing rain. While long icicles hanging from the eaves of your home might add to the visuals of a majestic winter, they’re actually a symptom of ice dams, which are a significant problem for homeowners. A falling icicle can damage people and property, but that’s just the beginning of the problem, as a dam also allows accumulated water to leak into the attic. If you want to keep this from happening, it’s important to act before temperatures start to drop. Here are a few ways we can help.
Keep Heat Inside
Ice dams form when heat from your house radiates upward and warms the underside of your roof. As snow and other precipitation lands on the building, it melts and refreezes into a mass that prevents proper drainage of additional rain or snowfall. The easiest way to keep this from happening is to confine your home heating energy to the living spaces where it belongs. We’ll use a few different techniques to keep your roofing cold:
- Increase insulation to create a stronger thermal barrier
- Locate and seal any leaks from the rooms below the attic
- Add outside ventilation to equalize temperatures