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Prevent Ice Dams From Forming on Your Roof

Nov 24, 2014

The icy cold of winter heralds a multitude of exciting activities with your family—from hitting the slopes and ice skating to watching local hockey games. But before indulging in those activities, make sure that your home is ready for the winter, especially against a pervasive winter roofing problem – ice dams.

Here’s how you can avoid ice dam formation and protect your roofing in Tinley Park IL:

1) Clean Your Gutters: Remove debris from your gutter and check your downspouts. Make sure that they are both in good working condition so that melted snow can drain properly.

2) Reduce Heat Sources in Your Attic: The key to preventing ice dams is to keep your attic’s temperature same as the eaves. Before you ventilate your attic, make sure that you reduce or eliminate sources of heat such as lights and uninsulated ductwork.

3) Ventilate the Eaves, Attic, and Roof: It is necessary to produce an equal amount of free and open areas for ventilation in the soffits or eaves and over the roof, specifically at the ridge. Aside from ridge ventilation, high ventilation may be used with a number of vents. Insulation baffles must be attached to the roof deck’s underside to provide ample cold air circulation from the vents to the soffits and all the way through the gable vents and ridge vent.

4) Add or Increase Insulation: You may install blanket insulation in the form of rolls and batts in your attic to regulate temperatures. The R-value or thermal performance of insulation depends on installation. For more accurate and effective insulation that is suitable for areas with uneven shapes and around barriers, opt for blow-in and loose-fill in the form of fiberglass, mineral wool, or cellulose.

Protect your roof against damaging winter problems, especially ice dams that can compromise its structural integrity. To help you with any of your roofing concerns, contact Rogers Roofing, Inc. We are a full service Dyer roofing and home contractor with four decades of unwavering commitment to quality workmanship. Call us at (219) 933-9145 for Indiana and at (773) 768-3022 for Illinois and have our dedicated staff assist you with your needs.