The mercury is finally starting to dip here in Michigan, and it won’t be long before we see our share of winter precipitation. All of this cold weather on the horizon adds up to a blanket of beautiful, pristine snow and icicles. But as lovely as it is, all of that ice and snow can do its fair share of damage to your home and roof.


One of the biggest threats to your home comes in the form of ice dams, which can cause serious damage to your home’s insulation and roof. At J&J Roofing in Roseville, our expert roofing professionals are experienced at repairing damage from winter weather. In this post, we’ll talk about the impact of ice dams on your home and how we can help protect your home and repair it when damage does occur.


What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam starts with simple winter precipitation. With the first heavy snowfall, while you’re enjoying nature’s beauty, the snow on your roof already poses a risk to your home. That’s because as the temperatures rise or the warm air of your attic heats the top of your home, that snow will turn to water and melt, resulting in icicles at the edge of your roof.


If this process happens too quickly, you can end up with water running off the eaves and toward your gutters, where it freezes again. The ice forms a dam, meaning water has nowhere to go but back onto your roof and into your home, ceiling, and ventilation. If you’ve got icicles, there’s a pretty solid chance you’ve got ice dams as well.


Preventing Ice Dams

While ice dams can end up causing significant damage to your home, many homeowners are surprised to learn that they’re actually quite preventable. One of the leading causes of ice dams is a lack of appropriate attic insulation. A well-insulated attic will keep your home’s interior more comfortable, lower your overall energy costs, and help to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. If ice dams do occur, you should get your roof assessed and repaired as soon as possible to prevent additional damage inside your home.


Follow these steps to address ice dams that have already formed:


1.      Try to rake the snow off of your roof.

2.      Use calcium chloride to de-ice your roof.

3.      Try to clear your gutters so water flows freely.


Contact Our Home Roof Repair Contractors to Prevent Ice Dams

The best way to deal with ice dams is to prevent them from ever forming to begin with. Start by addressing any roofing repair needs and getting a professional assessment of your attic insulation.


If you’re concerned about damage from ice dams this year, contact our team of roofing contractors at J&J Roofing about insulation updates for your home. We also offer financing options for new roofs. To get your free estimate, call our team at 586-445-6455 or contact us to discuss your roofing concerns.