Prevention is key when it comes to ice dams. Here are 15 tips to help you prevent ice dams from forming this winter:
- 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.
- Vent Your Attic
Venting your attic helps keep it cool, reducing the amount of melting and refreezing snow on your roof.
- 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.
- Install a Roof and Gutter De-Icing Cable
These cables can help prevent ice dam formation by creating channels for water to drain.
- 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.
- Use a Roof Rake
After a heavy snowfall, use a roof rake to remove snow buildup from the edges of your roof.
- Install Heat Tape
Heat tape in a zigzag pattern along your roof’s edge can prevent the formation of ice dams.
- Check Your Insulation
Check your insulation levels. If they’re inadequate, it might be time to add more.
- Install Roof Vents
Roof vents can help keep your roof cool and prevent the melting and refreezing cycle that causes ice dams.
- Monitor Your Roof Temperature
Keep an eye on your roof temperature to ensure it’s close to the outside temperature.
- Create an Air Barrier
Use foam or caulking to create an air barrier, preventing warm air from reaching your roof.
- Avoid Heat Sources Under the Roof
Minimize the use of heat-generating devices in the attic or under the roof.
- Increase Your Roof’s Overhang
A roof with a larger overhang will help to keep water away from your house walls.
- Use an Ice Belt
Consider installing an ice belt along the roofline to prevent ice from accumulating.
- 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.