Every winter residents of Stillwater MN and the twin cities face the plague of ice dams and daunting task of their removal. An ice dam forms when runoff from a roof refreezes at the edge of the roof. Typically an ice dam occurs when an attic is warmer than freezing which causes snow to melt and form runoff. This runoff then turns to ice, and the accumulation of ice forms an ice dam. If a home does not have quick and proper ice dam removal the results can cause extensive damage to the roof. Ice dam removal requires a professional to ensure preserving the integrity of a roof and to reduce the risk of creating additional problems. But do not fear. With the right professional service ice dam removal can be completed in a single day using effective and safe methods without breaking the bank. We have over 10 years of roofing experience and undertstnd the importance of using the finest steam equipment to remove ice dams without any harm to your roof.
But lets focus on prevention because let’s face it- owning a home only to be cursed by the inevitable freezing conditions of the winter could quickly put a damper on your bold north oasis.
If you’re planning to build or reconstruct a home in the Midwest you need to be mindful of winter conditions and ice dams. Prevention is more about design of the home than anything. Homes with vaulted ceilings, connected valleys, and fans that terminate at the roof are at higher risk for ice dams. It is vital to have a builder that is familiar with winter snow and water management when designing your next home. With a little research, you could avoid ice dam formation and removal in a new home. Ask your contractor about insulation and R-values, ventilation, and pitch to best avoid ice dams in your next Stillwater construction.