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Ice Dams in Winter

Taking Action Against Ice Dams This Winter

What You Should Know to Help Protect Your Roof

ice damAre ice dams damaging your roof? Above average snowfall and below average cold temperatures throughout the winter season may leave homeowners finding that the wrath of this winter has left long-term roof damage in its wake.

In regions hit hard during winter, the seemingly harmless icicles dangling from rooftops may actually signal potential ice dams.

What are Ice Dams?

Ice dams is a wall of ice along the edge of the roof that forms when melting snow continually thaws over warmer portions of the roof and refreezes along the roof’s colder eaves. The melted water that pools behind the ice dam gets trapped, creating the potential to leak into the home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other structural areas.

From Wikipedia:

ice damIce dams are an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of meltwater, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the meltwater, which may cause water leakage into the roof and consequent damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof.

What is can I do about an Ice Dam?

To help avoid the increased potential for ice dam damage on your home, consider following these tips:
Proactive: Bring in the Trusted Experts. Call Columbia Roofing Inc at 410-379-6100 to evaluate your roof for damage and determine what your roof needs are. This could include additional shingles, underlayments, ice and water barrier products, ventilation and/or additional insulation.

Preventive: Prepare your home for next year’s winter. Clean gutters and downspouts of debris each fall before winter strikes.

Has your attic been inspected for proper attic ventilation and insulation? Ask Columbia Roofing Inc at 410-379-6100 about:

WeatherLock® Ice and Water Barrier products †
VentSure® Ventilation products
AttiCat® Insulation

For resources, recommendations, and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Howard County Health Department here.

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When you’ve found the right material for your residential roofing, have the contractors at Columbia Roofing Inc in Elkridge, MD, install it. For over three decades, their team of experts has offered roofing and gutter repairs and installations, new siding, and window and door replacement for homeowners and businesses throughout Maryland. To learn about their areas of expertise, visit them online. Call them at (410) 379-6100 to discuss your project.

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