Ice Dam Prevention
What Causes Ice Damming?
There are a variety of reasons behind this problem. The most common reasons for ice damming are:
- Radiant heat created from sunlight warming roof shingles
- Rapid temperature fluctuations from day to night
- Poor soffit ventilation
- Lack of a ridge vent on the roofs peak
- Poorly insulated attic space
- Lack of a gutter protection system
The lower the pitch of a roof, the faster ice damming can occur. Many clients experience ice damming near bathroom vents and chimneys because of the changes in temperature..
Using Heat Tape
Heat tape is a cable that heats up enough to melt snow and ice, but not enough to cause damage to your home. It is essential that the cable be turned on just prior to a snowfall for optimal results. Heated cable for your roof and gutters is a necessity in areas with very harsh winters, and heavy snowfall.
We install heated cable into your gutters and downspouts under a gutter guard system. The heated cable prevents ice and snow from building up in your gutter system, to help prevent the formation of an ice dam and water entering your home. Using this method will help prevent many concerns associated with ice dams. During harsh winters, homeowners can experience unprecedented damage due to ice damming leading to greater repair costs.