Roof Ice Problems
Ice dams and icicles occur as a result of:
- Snow buildup on the roof
- Heat loss from the building
- Through insulation
- Through chimneys
- Through roof vents
- Winter temperature fluctuations – freeze/thaw cycles
- Solar heating during winter days with below freezing nights
- One or a combination of these factors contribute to ice dam formation
- Winter storms build up snow on the roof.
- Heat from the building (through insulation, chimneys, and roof vents) and from the sun (solar gain) causes roof snow melt.
- Melted snow runs down roof lines to valleys and eaves.
- The melted snow refreezes at the base of the valleys and at the eaves or gutters.
- As day/night time temperatures cycle up and down and heat loss melts the snow, the ice dams and icicles continue to grow.
- Icicles cause 'people and property safety' concerns and liability issues.
As roof snow accumulation increases, ice dam and icicle formation likewise increase. Subsequent water ponding can lead to roof leaks, internal building damage and possible mold issues. Falling icicles can create lower roof damage, deck damage and people safety issues. The problem can vary from year to year. Our solutions are directed at preventing ice dam and icicle formation through efficiently warming the eaves, valleys, gutters and other problem areas. The products we offer have proven successful through years of use.
Please visit our ice dam prevention products page to view the innovative roof and gutter ice dam prevention products available for solving your ice dam problems. You will notice that we do not offer the typical do-it-yourself heating cables or heat tape found at hardware and big box stores. These zig zag heat cables are not effective in eliminating ice dams. In fact, under some conditions, they can actually cause ice dams and icicle formations. The exposed heating cables are prone to damage from animals, falling debris, and being pulled off the roof. While many projects can safely and effectively be undertaken by homeowners, we recommend that you hire a contractor to tackle installing this Ice Dam Prevention System.