Snow & Ice Damage

Snow & Ice Damage

Icicles may be pretty to look at on your home, BUT can cause major damage to roofs and interior of homes.

Here are a few frequently asked questions from homeowners:

What is a snow and ice dam and how do they occur?

Ice dams occur by the heat from the interior warms the underside of the roof, accumulated snow warms and metls into water running down the slope, when it reached the cold edge of the roof it re-freezes causing the ice dam. Once the ice dam is created any additional water is forced up and under the roof shingles.

Why are Ice Dams Bad?

Dams can tear off gutters, loosen, and damage shingles, and cause water to back up and leak into your home. When this occurs you could end up with peeling paint, warped floors stained, and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in which could lead to mold and mildew.

Can I prevent snow dams from occurring and if so, how?

Yes, by maintaining a cool attic, with proper insultation and sealing off any air leaks that might warm the underside of the roof is very important. Insulation over time shrinks its thickness so you want to make sure your insulation in your attic is at least 8-9 inches thick, if any thinner, then adding is highly recommended.

Also, proper roof in-take and out-take ventilation is another important factor from keeping any roof damage from occurring. In-take venting from soffits and out-take venting from the ridge.  

You also, want to be sure you have a properly installed roof with ice and water protection on eaves, valleys, and rakes.

Contact Sam Karam & Sons today for a free roof estimate. We offer financing! Call 508-997-4746