Winter can present many hazards to your roof, with snow and ice having the potential to bring down large branches and even entire trees. However, one commonly overlooked hazard is the risk of ice dams. Though they may not appear to be serious at first glance, ice dams can require significant roof repairs if not addressed properly when they appear.
What Is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a thick layer or shelf of ice that builds up along the edge of a roof. Though ice dams often result from snowstorms, they can also occur when a clogged gutter traps meltwater on the roof. Ice dams form when the heat that escapes from the roof causes snow to melt. As the melted snow slides down the roof, it gradually refreezes as it’s exposed to freezing temperatures. The presence of icicles can also contribute to the forming of a roof dam. Roofs with inadequate insulation are more likely to experience ice dams.
Why You Should Get Ice Dams Removed
If left unchecked, ice dams can trap snow on the roof and even lift up the shingles, requiring extensive shingle repair. This can also result in roofing leaks that cause widespread water damage. Monitoring your roof for icicles or visible layers of ice around roof edges will alert you to the presence of an ice dam.
Roof work and roof repairs are inherently hazardous, even more so during slick winter conditions. A roofing contractor will use a special roof rake to remove thick layers of snow prior to applying a chemical to melt away the ice dam. This is the safest and most effective option for ice dam removal.
No matter what kind of roof repair you need, you can count on Prizio Roofing & Siding in Fairfield County, CT, to get the job done. This licensed and insured roofing contractor has been in business since 1968, ensuring that they have the experience needed to provide reliable, effective work. To learn more about their services or to request a free quote, visit them online or call (203) 322-9009.