If you live in a state that experiences exceptionally cold weather in the winter, now is the time to protect your roof and gutters against ice dams and icicles. Ice dams and icicles will not only cause serious problems for your home and roof -- the icy formations can be deadly if they melt and fall off your roof. You can keep your roof, home, and loved ones safe this cold season by strengthening your roof with the tips below.
What Are Ice Dams and Icicles?
Ice dams and icicles are some of winter's most dangerous creations. Ice dams typically form when ice and melting snow refreeze near the edge of your roof. In order for dams to form, the surface of the roof must be warmer than the air around it. Over time, dams can expand and trap large amounts of freezing water. If a dam "breaks" and falls from your roof, it can cause bodily harm to anyone standing beneath it.
If some of the ice dams on your roof melt, they can form icicles. Icicles form large, sharp spikes that hang from the roof's edge. Icicles can be heavy enough to damage your roof's gutters and overhangs, or the icy structures can crack under pressure and fall to the ground.
In addition to exterior damage, ice dams and icicles can cause problems for the structures inside your house. Ice dams, in particular, can allow small amounts of water to invade your attic. The moist environment inside your attic can attract mold spores and even pests.
One of the best ways to protect your roof from ice dams and icicles is to call a roofer for help.
How Can a Roofing Contractor Protect Your Home and Roof?
The first thing a roofer might do is vent your roof. Vents allow fresh, cool air to circulate in and out of your attic. Instead of becoming hot and moist, your attic stays cool and dry throughout the season.
Some roofers install special heating cables and wires along the edges of their clients' roofs. The warm edges may keep ice dams and icicles from forming in the first place. Not all roofing contractors install roof heaters, so if you wish to learn more about the process, be sure to ask a roofer when you call them.
If you need more information about ice dams and icicles or how to keep them from forming on your roof, contact a roofing contractor today.
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