Ice Dams: How to Protect Your Roofs and Gutters This Winter

We’re hoping to avoid a winter like last year’s, but just in case we don’t, here is some good advice about how to prevent ice dam* damage from and to your roofs and gutters this coming cold season.

 

*NOTE: Ice dams occur after heavy snowfall when warm air in the attic causes the roof to warm and the snow to melt. Water running down the roof refreezes when it reaches the colder roof edge, forming a mound of ice. The ice traps meltwater, which can seep back up under shingles and drip through the roof into your house, causing wet and stained ceilings and walls, and peeling paint and rot.