It’s only November, but already, the temperatures are starting to plummet further down on the thermometer. We’re only just now starting to add more layers to our winter wardrobes, but as any Minnesota native can tell you, it will be a long while before it’s warm again. If you’re a Twin Cities homeowner, the colder months can bring a unique set of challenges beyond picking out a warm enough coat. One of the main concerns for homeowners in this part of the country is the formation of ice dams on your roof.
At The Construction Group in Woodbury, we work with Twin Cities homeowners to help address ice dams so you’ll have minimal damage to your home. In this post, we’ll discuss ice dams and how they impact your home.
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a natural occurrence that can form on the roof of your home if you live in a colder region of the country. When snow, ice, and other winter precipitation builds up on the roof of your home, it can end up forming a thick layer. The heat from within your home will heat it from underneath, especially if your attic is poorly insulated, no matter how cold the weather is outside your home.
This causes the water to begin to drain but refreeze once more when it reaches the colder eaves of your home or to build up inside your gutter system. It creates a wall along the edge of your roof, preventing water from properly draining and growing over time. This can end up causing serious water damage inside your home and roof damage and even represent a safety concern due to the added weight on your roof.
Ice dams can cause extensive damage to many parts of your home, including:
● Roof damage
● Mold formation
● Foundation damage
● And more
What to Do if An Ice Dam Forms
To prevent damage or safety risks from ice dams, it’s a good idea to assess the condition of your roof periodically during the winter months. If you examine your roof and notice ice built up around its edge, your home is already at risk of damage due to ice dams. By the time the damage is noticeable, the expense of repairs can be quite high, which is why it’s important to address ice dams immediately upon first noticing them. Taking care of those dams right away is important when it comes to minimizing any damage to your roof or interior. We can conduct ice dam removal and inspect your roof to see if any damage has occurred while we’re there.
Preventing Ice Damage in Twin Cities Homes
If you’re a Twin Cities homeowner and you’re concerned about damage to your home from ice dams this winter, give us a call. Our roof and gutter experts will assess the condition of your home to determine if any changes can be made to minimize the chance of trouble when the cold weather dips down. We can also upgrade the insulation in your attic to help keep heat inside your home and off your roof.
Speak with our experts at The Construction Group at 651-731-5857 or contact us to schedule your roof and gutter assessment today.