It’s that time of year when we start to decorate our house with holiday charm, and when it snows, those pretty icicles hanging from your rooftop are the icing on the cake – but they can actually lead to some very not-so-pretty roof damage if you’re not careful.

Even though the snow and icicles on your roof and gutters look beautiful this time of year, it may be a costly repair during the season you’re not wanting to spend extra money.

Nebraska is no stranger to quick-changing weather, which means ice dams are a major threat as snow storms come through and leave snow on roofs, and then the sun comes shortly after and warms things up again. This can spell disaster as snow buildup and icicles prevent melting snow from draining off of your house, creating pools of water on your roof.

The insulation keeps the inside of your home cool, while ventilation systems keep your attic cool. This is a destructive combination for the snow on your roof, as it keeps the snow from completely melting.

HOW DO I SPOT AN ICE DAM?

Near the edges of roofs and gutters, look for blockage and freezing that may be causing little-to-no water drainage.  

HOW DO I PREVENT ICE DAMS?

Rake
Take a rake to your roof and knock off all excess snow and icicles that aren’t melting fast 

Roof / soffit vents
Attic ventilation draws in cold outdoor air and flushes out warmer attic air, cooling the attic and the roof in the process.

If you need an expert to come and inspect your roof for ice dams, call Exterior Remodel and Design today.

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