Next week’s weather is a welcome change but could spell trouble for your roof. Warm days are the perfect weather for creating Ice Dams!
What is an Ice Dam?
It is a ridge of ice that forms at the roof’s edge and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. When the water backs up or pools behind the dam, it can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
Can Ice Dams Cause Roof Damage?
Yes, there are many ways ice dams can cause roof damage and other issues to your home. They can cause roof leaks, loose shingles, torn off or damaged gutters, stained or sagging ceilings, peeling paint, warped floors, or wet insulation.
There are other red flags along with these physical damages to the property. You might run into unwanted pests such as insects, mice, and other critters as they can sneak inside through the small cracks created by the standing water freezing and melting cycle.
How To Get Rid of Ice Dams on The Roof
If you’re noticing ice dams starting to form on the roof, there are a few measures you can take to get rid of them before they cause extreme damage. It’s essential to tackle this issue early so you’ll be less likely to cause more damage.
Quick Fixes to Get Rid of Ice Dams on a Roof
If you already have an ice dam on your roof and want to eliminate it before significant damage occurs, use a flexible rake to remove excess snow or ice safely. This will release any water that may have built up underneath and change the temperature on the roof’s exterior. It is important to note that homeowners should not remove ice dams with shovels or other sharp tools. This would be a dangerous task and cause more damage to the roof. We encourage homeowners to be cautious and consider their safety when performing any tasks so as not to cause further roof damage or injuries.
It is best to contact your local roofing experts at Colorado Superior Roofing. We offer FREE evaluations, or if you are looking to get your roof repaired, our professionals will assist in making the appropriate fixes and preventing future damage. Reach out to us at 303-937-7000 to discuss your options.