Roofing | Ice Dams

20 Feb 2015 Roofing | Ice Dams

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someone

With this seemingly never ending snowfall, and temperatures consistently sub zero, the term ‘Ice Dam‘ is commonly heard.

What is an ‘Ice Dam’?
An Ice Dam occurs when snow is melted by a warm roof, creating water running between the snow and the warm roof surface, then freezing and turning to ice when it gets past the exterior wall and hits a cold unheated roof edge or gutter. As the bottom of the snow pack continues to melt, water continues to flow down the roof surface until it hits the ice, thereby creating a larger and larger ice dam.

The problem – Ice dams may result in leaks through the roofing material, possibly resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation, damage or injury when the ice dam falls off or from attempts to remove ice dams.

Prevention – In new construction, ice dams are easily prevented through building designs with adequate insulation and roof ventilation. As with window installation, MRB  follow strict procedure and use specialty product when it comes to putting on a roof. We’ll see this in more detail as Corey commences the roofing process at Purcells Cove Rd.

Cureas with any ailment, prevention is the best cure. However, if your home, like many on the East Coast this winter, has fallen victim to an Ice Dam, you can remove the dam. But please then take some steps to minimise possible damage and ultimately prevent the likeliness of reoccurrence. It’s always best to seek advice from a professional.