Pretty icicles should be seen on tree branches and frozen waterfalls, not on the edge of your roof or gutters! If we aren’t careful, the freeze and thaw cycles that we go through in Indianapolis in the wintertime can leave our homes with ice damming and a damaged roof. Fortunately, the team at Tag Exteriors is here to help you with tips on ice dam prevention, removal, and roof repairs.

Ice Dam PreventionCauses of Ice Damming and Potential Damage

Warm air escaping through a poorly insulated roof can cause the snow near the peak to melt. As the runoff reaches the lower, colder areas of the roof or the cold gutters, it will freeze and build up, forming an ice dam. As if this weren’t enough, additional runoff that is blocked by the dam can be forced up under the shingles. In addition to causing roof damage, when the ice melts, water can seep into your home causing water damage – and potentially mold issues – in your ceilings, walls, insulation, and drywall.

Ice Dam Removal

If you do end up with large icicles or mounds of ice on your roof caused by ice damming, these should be removed as soon as possible, before they have the chance to melt and cause damage. Roofs can be slippery in the winter, and bashing at your shingles with an ice pick or shovel is a recipe for disaster. Calling a professional roofing contractor for ice dam removal is almost always the recommended course of action.

Ice Dam Prevention

In order to prevent ice dams from occurring, there are a few steps you can take ahead of time:

  • Insulate your attic. A roofer or home-improvement professional can check to make sure your attic is properly insulated and that your soffit vents are functioning well.
  • Clean your gutters, and keep them in good repair. Gutters that are clogged with debris or are otherwise damaged will exacerbate the problem of ice damming since the melt off will have nowhere to go. Be sure to clean your gutters every fall or call in the pros for gutter repairs.
  • Book a roof inspection. Before winter arrives, if you are unsure about the state of your roof, have a professional roof inspection. Being proactive can save you a lot of headache down the road.

If you need help with ice dam removal, roof repairs, or want to be proactive before damage occurs, the professional roofers at Tag Exteriors have the experience and equipment needed. Call us anytime at (317) 757-5005 to request an estimate or to book our services.


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