Winter can transform Minnesota neighborhoods into a winter wonderland. But unfortunately, all of that snow and ice can transform your roof into a damaged mess. When it comes to winter roof damage, ice dams are one of the most common culprits. Fortunately, this type of damage can be prevented with a little careful planning.

At The Construction Group in Woodbury, we offer a wide range of residential roofing services including ice dam removal. Here’s what you need to know to handle ice dams this winter.

What is an Ice Dam?

Ice dams are common sights in Minnesota. Walk outside and take a look at the edge of your roof. If you have icicles hanging down, chances are good you’ve also got ice dams.

Ice dams form when heat escapes from your attic, melting the snow that’s settled on your roof. All of that snow goes from fluffy white snow to water, which then refreezes at the edge of your roof, creating a dam that prevents water from running off of your roof.

Damage Caused by Ice Dams

The problem with ice dams is that they prevent water from draining away from your roof and home. With nowhere to go, this water can back up behind the dam and seep into your roof’s shingles and down into your home. Inside your home, moisture can lead to rot that deteriorates your home’s structural integrity and damages walls, paint, and sheet rock.

It can also cause mildew and mold to proliferate, leading to potential health problems for your family. And the ice dams themselves can break off, taking shingles with them and damaging eaves and siding in the process. In addition to damaging your roof, ice dams can also damage your downspouts and gutters as well.

Ice Dam Removal

Ice dam removal is one of those home improvement projects that should be handled by a professional roofing contractor. Climbing on a ladder in the ice and snow can be dangerous, and ice dam removal can be a tricky endeavor. At The Construction Group, our residential roofing contractors are trained to safely remove your ice dams and have the right equipment for the job. 

Here are a few more things you can do to prevent future ice dams:

●        Upgrade your insulation

●        Conduct regular roof maintenance

●        Consider replacing your aging roof

Woodbury Roof Repair and Ice Dam Removal

Is your roof covered in ice dams? Don’t take a chance by trying to handle it yourself. Get a free quote on ice dam removal services by contacting The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857 or contact us online today.