When the snow on your roofing melts, it flows down to the edges of the panel where it refreezes into a solid mass. This mass then stops any further snowmelt from flowing freely into the gutters and downspouts, creating what is commonly called an ice dam.
Ice dams are dangerous because they allow water to gather on top of the roof itself. This eventually leads to leaks, water penetration, and bigger problems that are costlier to resolve. Let our roofing experts at Bradford Xterior – Denver help you understand how ice dams form and suggest ways on how you can resolve it.
Most ice dam problems can be traced back to your attic. During your next repair or maintenance visit, ask your roofer to check if you have adequate ventilation and insulation in your attic. Ventilation allows the warm air (from your heating system) to escape outdoors while insulation prevents the heat from transferring directly to the roof. This saves you money on heating bills but, more importantly, it also slows down the snow melting on your roof.
Aim for Slightly Off Temperatures
Homeowners tend to maintain their estimated roof temperature just around the freezing point of water in hopes of preventing the snow from melting and forming ice dams. Instead, our experts recommend leaving your temperature levels a couple of degrees below (during winter) or above (in summer) the freezing point to account for some of the heat lost to the surroundings.
Unavoidable Ice Dams
Unfortunately, some ice dam problems are caused by the weather playing between extremes. If this is the case, the best way to combat its effects is with regular inspections from a roofing professional. Contact your local company and ask about roofing maintenance plans that include seasonal checkups to help keep your roof ice dam-free all year-round.
This winter, our experts at Bradford Xterior – Denver can help you find solutions for all your roofing troubles. Give us a call at (720) 520-2514 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on roof replacements today. We serve homeowners in Denver and Colorado Springs.