Roof Ice Dams

15 Tips to Prevent Ice Dams from Forming This Winter

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Prevention is key when it comes to ice dams. Here are 15 tips to help you prevent ice dams from forming this winter:

  1. Insulate Your Attic

An attic that’s properly insulated will help prevent heat from escaping, which can melt snow on your roof and contribute to ice dam formation.

  1. Vent Your Attic

Venting your attic helps keep it cool, reducing the amount of melting and refreezing snow on your roof.

  1. Seal All Attic Leaks

Air leaks in your attic can cause warm air to escape, melting snow on the roof. Make sure all potential leaks are sealed.

  1. Install a Roof and Gutter De-Icing Cable

These cables can help prevent ice dam formation by creating channels for water to drain.

  1. Clean Your Gutters

Keep your gutters clear of leaves and other debris. This ensures that melting snow can drain properly and not freeze in the gutters.

  1. Use a Roof Rake

After a heavy snowfall, use a roof rake to remove snow buildup from the edges of your roof.

  1. Install Heat Tape

Heat tape in a zigzag pattern along your roof’s edge can prevent the formation of ice dams.

  1. Check Your Insulation

Check your insulation levels. If they’re inadequate, it might be time to add more.

  1. Install Roof Vents

Roof vents can help keep your roof cool and prevent the melting and refreezing cycle that causes ice dams.

  1. Monitor Your Roof Temperature

Keep an eye on your roof temperature to ensure it’s close to the outside temperature.

  1. Create an Air Barrier

Use foam or caulking to create an air barrier, preventing warm air from reaching your roof.

  1. Avoid Heat Sources Under the Roof

Minimize the use of heat-generating devices in the attic or under the roof.

  1. Increase Your Roof’s Overhang

A roof with a larger overhang will help to keep water away from your house walls.

  1. Use an Ice Belt

Consider installing an ice belt along the roofline to prevent ice from accumulating.

  1. Have Regular Roof Inspections

Regular roof inspections by professionals can help identify and rectify potential issues before they cause damage.

Remember, if ice dams become a problem despite your best efforts, it’s best to call in professionals. If you’re based in New Zealand, Kiwi Roof Masters can assist with your roofing/roof replacement needs, including preventing and addressing ice dams. Get in touch today for a free quote.