It’s important to prepare your home for the cold months by taking steps to prevent ice dam formation. It makes more sense to invest in home winter preparation than in removing ice dams once they form. Fortunately, our blown-in insulation can help you with this problem. WMGB Home Improvement explains more:
What Are Ice Dams?
Ice dams are thick ridges of ice that form near or at the edge of the roof. They prevent melted snow from draining properly, potentially causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Ice dams form when there is snow on the upper portion of your roof, and the air inside your attic is warmer than the temperature outside. Warm air that escapes the attic causes the snow to melt at the upper portions of your roof. This snowmelt then drains to the roof edge, where it refreezes and forms an ice dam.
How Do I Prevent Ice Dams?
You can prevent ice dam formation by investing in long-term solutions and improvements to your home. This includes improving home insulation and attic ventilation. Insulation will prevent conduction and convection from warming up your roof. In addition, good insulation will improve your home’s energy efficiency, make your home more comfortable and help you save money on heating bills. Proper ventilation will also ensure your roof does not get warm enough to cause the formation of ice dams.
In addition, it’s important for you to seal any air leaks in your roof or attic. You don’t want hot air escaping from the interior and causing snow to melt on your roof. Fortunately, WMGB Home Improvement can help you with your attic insulation and air sealing needs. We are a home energy performance expert, so we know how to make your home as energy-efficient and weathertight as possible. Our services can prevent ice dams and save you money in the long term.
The best ice dam removal approach is by making sure that ice dams don’t form in the first place. Focus on insulating your home, sealing all warm air leaks and ensuring proper ventilation, and you won’t have to worry about this problem. WMGB Home Improvement serves homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI, and in surrounding areas. Call us at (616) 328-6625 to learn more about how insulation can prevent ice dams. You can also ask for a free quote.