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How to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter
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How to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

Winters in Minnesota come with a myriad of challenges. One of those challenges is those pesky ice dams that can form on the top of your roof.

When the temperature dips down and the snow starts to blow in, ice dams are almost inevitable. However, there are plenty of ways to prevent ice dams from happening at all.

Here are some ice dam prevention tips!

How do Ice Dams Develop?

Before you know how to prevent ice dams, it’s a good idea to know how they form!

As you know, hot air rises. In the winter, the heat inside your home will rise to the attic. This heat will stop here and find its way out through your roof eventually, keeping your roof warm. Snow on top of your roof will begin to melt. The snowmelt will run down to the edge of the roof and become trapped by the ice hanging off.

This process repeats until the ice dam is too big to ignore.

What Damage Does an Ice Dam Do?

An ice dam can cause many issues in and outside your home. The trapped water in the dam will surely leak into your house causing water damage to both your interior and your siding.

Furthermore, ice dams can cause clogs in your soffits, damage your gutters, and become a hazard for you and your family.

Ice Dam Prevention

The simple solution to preventing ice dams on your roof is keeping your roof cold. However, it’s not the easiest task to accomplish since about a third of all heat is lost through the roof.

But, if there’s a will, there’s a way!

Secure All Attic Leaks

The first step is to close up any air leaks from your ceiling to your attic. Doing so will keep the heat your home generates in the living spaces rather than the attic.

Insulate the Attic

The fastest step to ice dam prevention is insulation. If your attic doesn’t have thick enough insulation, every bit of warm air in your attic will rise to your roof.

If you have less than 8 inches of insulation, it is recommended you install up to 12-14 inches of insulation in total to keep the temperature in your attic regulated.

Contact Apple Exteriors for Ice Dam Removal

If you still end up with an Ice dam over winter, do not worry. Apple Exteriors has the right tools for the job! We use the latest technology and expertise to get rid of those pesky ice dams in a flash.

Schedule a free quote online or give us a call at 651-36-APPLE (651-362-7753) today!

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