Indianapolis homes have endured some crazy weather this winter. From major snow and ice storms to spring-like temperatures, Mother Nature has certainly put your home’s durability to the test. When the temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing, a common problem many homeowners experience is the formation of ice dams. If you have a problem with ice dams, we at TAG Exteriors have some great advice just for you.
What Is an Ice Dam?
If you see icicles forming around the perimeter of your home, you are at risk for ice dam formation. Thick ridges of ice (a.k.a. ice dams) form near the eaves of your roof when heavy snow and ice begin to accumulate. As these ridges grow, they become increasingly heavy and can rip off shingles and gutters, and cause water to back up into your attic.
Ice Dam Prevention
To prevent ice dams from forming, it is important to properly insulate your attic. Insulation will trap the heat inside your home, thereby preventing the snow from melting at the peak and refreezing at the eaves. Using heated gutter guards and/or heated cables along the eaves of your roof also helps to equalize your roof’s temperature and prevent ice dams from forming. Additionally, if at all possible, rake your roof after big snow storms to keep your eaves warm and free of obstruction.
Ice Dam Removal
Sometimes, despite our best attempts, ice dams just happen. While there are a number of DIY measures you can take to try to remove ice dams, professional services frequently are required to get the job done right. Our certified professional contractors at TAG Exteriors will safely and effectively remove ice dams from your home while maintaining the integrity of your roof and gutter system.
A Permanent Solution
To eliminate the problem of ice dam formation, you need the assistance of professional roofing contractors. At TAG Exteriors, we will remove ice dams and teach you how to prevent them in the future. If your roof and gutters have sustained damage from ice dams, we will gladly repair or replace them to keep your home safe and dry for years to come. For all of your exterior remodeling needs, contact us at (317) 757-5005.