Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ice Dams

It is 60 degrees outside and December 6th.  Hardly the time to think about ice dams!  Unfortunately, if you struggle with ice dams every year, it is time to think about it and get ready.

Some people will tell you that you need a new roof to fix ice dams.  A new roof with Ice & Water Shield will certainly help keep water out of your house, but will not necessarily cure the ice dam.

Other people suggest not installing gutters on your house because they will cause ice dams.  Gutters will certainly make ices dams harder to remove, but they aren’t the culprit.

The main cause for an ice dam is the temperature of your attic during the winter months.  If your attic isn’t insulated or vented enough, the warm air heats up the roof and melts the snow.  When that water runs down your roof and hits the cold air, it freezes up and causes the ice dam.

The simple cure is to have someone take a look at your attic and consider adding more insulation.  We recommend having R-60 in your attic.  Of course, Classic Window Systems will do this for you.  All you have to do is email or call me anytime J

More insulation will also make Your Home in Maine more comfortable and save money on energy!



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