What Are Ice Dams?

Everything You NeThe winter months can cause a lot of damages to our homes, from busted pipes to snow caving in our roofs. However, no winter issue causes as much grief to Medford, OR homeowners as ice dams. This build-up can lead to caved-in roofs, insulation damage, roof damage, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about ice dams in Medford, OR.

How Do Ice Dams Form?

Ice dams develop during the winter months after a snowfall. When snow melts on a warmer part of the roof, the water will run down into your eaves and freeze into ice. Ice will continue to build up over time and climb up into your shingles, where it can melt again. These melted ice dams can travel into your roof and cause damage to multiple roofing systems: your insulation, the sheathing, drywall, and even into your attic and the floors below.

Dangers of Ice Dams

Ice dams can cause significant damage to your Medford roof, leading to thousands of dollars in repair costs if not caught in time. These damages include:

• Soaking through the insulation and reducing its effectiveness
• Promoting the growth of mold and mildew in your home
• Compromising your roof’s structural integrity
• Peeling paint due to bubbling water underneath wall surfaces

How to Prevent Ice Dam Damage

The main cause of ice dams is poor ventilation and insulation. To prevent ice dam damage, you need to invest in a roofing system that keeps your attic from getting too warm. If you keep your attic cool during the winter, snow will not melt and form the dam. Good ventilation will help circulate cool air into your attic so that it does not get too hot.

Speak to a professional from Hadley Roofing about developing the best ventilation system for your home. In addition, we can assist you in repairing damage caused by ice dams. Contact Hadley Roofing to schedule your roofing maintenance or replacement appointment today.

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