Prevention is Key – Keeping Your Roof Safe From Ice Dams

by Dec 29, 2022

Building snowmen, Winter Lights Drive-Through, snowshoeing at Glenwood Dunes Trails, sledding at West Beach Trails. These are all exciting winter activities to do in the Northwest Indiana area. Sharing the fun with family and friends, exploring, and making memories can make the long days of winter more enjoyable.

One thing that is not enjoyable with the winter season, is ice dams. Use these helpful tips to keep your beloved home safe and protected from the damage of ice dams. Enjoy your time doing more enjoyable things than worrying about roof repairs.

Portage, IN Prevent ice dams damage for a safe roof


How to Keep Your Home Safe From Ice Dams

Prepare Your Gutters in Autumn

This is a great time to review the condition of your gutter system. Are the fasteners still intact? Are there cracks or weak spots to be addressed? Are there remnants of springtime nests left by loving Robins? Have mice and other small critters begun to store winter treats in your gutter system?

Clean them out. By inspecting your gutter system, you can eliminate future ice buildup, making sure the melting snow and ice can freely flow through the system, to the downspouts, and away from your home.

Inspect the Insulation

One easy way to prevent future ice dams is to make sure there is enough insulation in your home. Ice dams occur when heat escapes through the ceiling, onto the roof, melting the snow and ice. The water refreezes and can create blocks of ice buildup. This continual process can wreak havoc on your roofing system.

Call your local trusted roofing contractors at Alamo Roofing for a free inspection of your roof and insulation. We understand the importance of keeping the heat where it needs to be – in your home! We strive to be personable with every project and to listen to your concerns, big or small.

Purchase a Snow Rake

Your local hardware store, such as Ace Hardware, Menards, or Harbor Freight Tools, should have snow rakes available for purchase. These can come in very handy when the snow builds up on your rooftop. This tool should be used with care, as too much force can cause damage to the underlying shingles. A gentle tug from the properly placed snow rake will pull the excess snow off of the roof, collecting it on the ground. By using this tool, there remains minimal snow accumulation left on the roof, and less chance of snow melting and refreezing as the temperatures change. (Here is how you removed snow from your roof with a snow rake)

Please be cautious when using a snow rake. They are large, cumbersome, and can cause you to lose your balance when pulling the snow off of the rooftop. Never use a snow rake for second-level homes, or while on a ladder. This could be disastrous.

As always, you can call Alamo Roofing Contractors in Portage for assistance in determining the best solutions for your particular roofing system. We operate with good ethics and professional dependability. We take your roofing needs personally and we will discuss wise options to prevent future damage from ice dams.

Use these useful tips, contact Alamo Roofing Contractors, and enjoy the winter season to its fullest! Don’t worry about ice dams when you have the right company on your side.

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