Why You Should Be Concerned By Ice Dams

Icicles hanging from roof.

Ice dams are an increasingly common problem for homeowners during the winter months. While they may not seem like a major concern on the surface, ice dams can cause several issues, including roof damage, interior water damage, and mold growth. 

What are Ice Dams?

Ice dams are caused by an uneven buildup of snow and ice along the edges of a roof. As temperatures warm up, often during the day, heat from your home melts some of the snow on your roof. The melted snow then flows down to cooler parts of the roof, where it refreezes and forms an icy barrier or “dam” that prevents additional melting water from draining off safely. This can cause water to build up behind the dam and eventually leak into your home through the eaves, damaging ceilings, walls, insulation, and other areas.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Ice Dams? 

The primary concern with ice dams is that they can cause serious water damage to both your roof and your home’s interior. When left unchecked, this water damage can lead to structural issues, mold growth, and other contaminants inside your home. Like your roof, the heavy weight of ice dams can also damage or destroy your gutter system. To protect your home and everything inside during the winter season, it’s important to address ice dam issues quickly to minimize potential damage. 

Aside from damage to your home, ice dams can suddenly fall on whatever is below as they melt. This means any property below can get damaged. As well, people, pets, or animals can get injured from falling ice and snow. For this reason, it’s best to stay away from ice dams and get them professionally removed.  

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and replacements!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing system looks great and functions properly for years to come. If you need assistance preparing for winter weather conditions or would like a professional inspection of your roof before winter sets in, contact us today! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

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