Ice Dam on House

If you live in the Northeast, snowy winters are a fact of life. Many homeowners experience damage due to ice dams, which generally occur after heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside the home leaks into the attic and warms the underside of the roof, causing ice and snow on the roof to melt. The melted water then drains along the roof surface under the snow, and when it reaches the cold overhang it freezes into ice dams and icicles. Ice dams can damage the roof which will lead to leaks on the inside of the home.

Proper roof assembly is key to minimizing damage. One of the key elements in preventing damage is ventilation. Proper and adequate attic ventilation will help maintain a cold roof temperature. A balanced system of intake/exhaust combined with insulation is vital. Some of the roofing solutions Harvey Building Products carries include:

1. Ridge Vents – Air Vent, TAMKO, GAF

2. Vented Soffit – CertainTeed, Mastic

3. Vented Louvers – Mid-America

Ask your Harvey contractor if your home is properly ventilated to avoid ice dam problems. Don’t have a contractor? Visit HBP ProZone and find a Harvey contractor in your area.

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