It’s the middle of February in Colorado. The temperature has constantly been below freezing. There has been large amounts of snow accumulation throughout the state. Our winter weather can cause roofing problems. However, there are steps that property owners can take to prevent issues from arising.
PRQ Exteriors team is going to walk you through the three tips to prevent ice dam damage in the harsh winter climate. Keep reading below to learn more and always remember that if you suspect damage to your roof, we recommend calling a professional contractor like the team at PRQ Exteriors immediately to appropriately evaluate the problem.
3 Tips On Preventing Ice Dam Damage
Proper Attic Insulation
A properly insulated attic has a variety of benefits including decreasing your energy costs and keeping your home warm in the winter. Attic insulation is also the best way to prevent ice dams from forming.
Heat is released from the interior of the home and comes into the attic. This process heats up the underneath of the roof. It then starts melting the snow and creates ice dams on your roof. A proper insulated attic reduces the heat and slows down the snow from melting. This stops the ice dams from forming and causing problems with your roof.
Properly Vented Attic
Ventilation is critical to the health of your roof. Properly ventilating your attic keeps the underneath of your roof cool and prevents ice dams from forming. It also stops moisture buildup and keeps your roof cool in the summer. This extends the life of your roof. It is one of the most affordable methods to keep your roof healthy in the winter.
Functioning Gutter System
When functioning properly, your guttering is a protective system. Functioning guttering prevents water from collecting on your roof by channeling it away from the roof’s surface. It ensures that your building’s foundation and roof stay in top condition.
In the winter months, ice dams become a barrier that stops melted snow from draining through your gutters system. Be sure to keep your gutters clean from debris so that snowmelt does not freeze when flowing into your gutter during cold temperatures.
If you suspect your roof has damage, contact the PRQ Exteriors team to schedule a free inspection. We will send one of our experts out to inspect your property, assess the extent of any damage found, and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan. Call us today at 303-214-0703.