Pennsylvania and Maryland are subject to an unpredictable amount of snowfall and freezing temperatures. Pair that with the freeze and thaw that we experience throughout the winter season and you have probably seen a few ice dams on your roof over the years. While they are pretty to look at, they can cause significant damage to a roof if not properly taken care of. Read the below guide to understand what ice dams are, how they form, and what you can do to minimize or eliminate future ice dams.
An ice dam is a ridge of ice found at the edge of a roof. Homeowners may notice icicles hanging from the gutters or roof which is a sign of an ice dam. The ice barrier takes longer to melt than the snow or thin layer of ice on a roof and prevents the melt from running off the roof. As the water backs up in the gutters, it can spill over and leak behind the siding or under the roof shingles into the home causing water and mold damage inside.
In most cases, ice dam removal and damage is not covered by insurance policies. A homeowners insurance policy provides coverage for roof damage for falling objects (tree), wind, and hail. Ice dams are not considered a covered peril on homeowners insurance policies. It still never hurts to contact the insurance company and ask.
To prevent ice dams, a home’s roof must always be the right temperature during the winter months. To determine if your roof is the right temperature, look at it after a snowfall. If the roof gets too warm too quickly, there will be bare spots with no snow; but if it is the right temperature, it will be covered by a blanket of snow.
Here are three tips for controlling a roof’s temperature:
Ice dams can cause significant damage to a home’s roof if ignored for too long. To assure your roof is in excellent condition for the winter, contact the roofing consultants at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. today. We service South Central PA and Northern MD.