How to Prevent Ice Dams

Your roof can take a beating from winter weather, especially if it wasn’t in great shape beforehand. Roofs that have bad ventilation can suffer from one of the more damaging problems during the winter: ice dams. The buildup of ice can be heavy and create extra moisture that could lead to leaks in roofs that aren’t maintained properly.

ice dams and snow on roof and gutters

Without adequate ventilation, the roof can allow warm air to escape from the house. This allows the snow accumulated on the roof to melt. But because of the cold weather, it goes back and forth from melting and refreezing until you end up with a buildup of ice and snow the forms on the roof edges.

A worn down roof is more likely to allow water to leak into the attic from the moisture that ends up trapped between the roof and the dams of ice. The water could seep into the walls, ceilings, and the insulation which will require replacements to get rid of the moisture. A weakened roof structure may not be able to hold up against heavy ice accumulation either.

If you have ice dams forming on your roof, you’ll want to have your roof inspected and cleared of ice quickly. For reliable roofing services in the Billings, MT area, contact the roofing professionals at Donahue Roofing today. We’ll inspect your roof and make any repairs necessary to make it sturdy and dependable again. Give us a call for more information at (406) 248-5428.