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Living in a northern climate can bring snow drifts and, under the right conditions, ice formation on your roof. As a homeowner, it is important to keep the ice dams from forming to prevent moisture and ice damage to your roof, its underlayers, and the interior of your home. You can complete some or most of the work yourself, depending on your experience, and hire the rest out to a trained professional to help you make some of the adjustments to your home's roof and attic to prevent ice dam problems. Here are some tips and insight to help you complete this project.
Keep a Cool Roof
Preventing the formation of ice dams is a best option and can be completed by keeping your roof and the attic space below cool. When heat escapes your home and into your attic, it warms your roof, which causes snow melt to run down to the cold edge of the roof where it will refreeze into a layer of ice. This layer of ice grows thicker over time and can work its way under your roof's shingles and into the roofing deck and your attic.
One of the best ways to keep your roof free of ice dams is to keep your roof cool by installing adequate roof and attic vents. It is recommended to install one square foot of vents for every 300 square feet of ceiling space in your attic floor. You can hire a professional roofer to evaluate your attic's ventilation and add any extra necessary ventilation in your roof soffits or along the roof's surface.
You can also keep the attic cool by adding spray foam insulation and caulk to any cracks leaking warmth from your home into the attic. Then, install fans in your attic, which can circulate the cool air onto warmer areas of your attic and roof above. An electrician will need to install these fans and connect them to an attic installed thermostat. This thermostat will regulate the fans to switch on and off when necessary.
Melt Existing Roof Ice
A common method to keep the edge of your roof free of ice build-up is by melting it as it occurs, in several ways. First, you can install heating cables onto the edge of your roof where snow melt often refreezes after it runs from the areas of your roof warmed from your home's interior and attic. You can install a length of heating cables in a zig-zag pattern along the eaves of your roof and over the shingles. This is best completed before you have snowfall on your roof, so in the fall or early winter.
Heating cables need to be installed on a electrical switch so you can turn them on and off as they are needed to melt snow. Leaving the heating cables running constantly will cause them to burn out and may burn and damage your roof. Be sure to have them installed and wired by a trained electrician, such as those at Narducci Electric, who can connect their power to your home's power, which can be switched on and off by a separate power switch. This type of heating cable set-up can be left on your roof year round and left turned off during the months where ice dam formation is not a problem.
Another method you can use to melt ice dams at the edge of your roof can be completed by yourself and uses calcium chloride ice melt on your roof. First, you need to fill the leg of a nylon stocking with calcium chloride ice melt and tie the end of the stocking closed with twine or a metal wire. Place the ice melt-filled stocking vertically over the ice dam, with one end of it at the edge of your roof. The calcium chloride will melt a channel in your ice dam, providing a place where snow melt will run from your roof.
Use these tips to prepare your roof for winter snow and ice dam formation.