We are hired by many homeowners to help prevent ice dams through roof snow shoveling each year. In fact, many snow birds have us on contract to shovel their roofs after each significant snowfall automatically. We work on a pay-per-visit basis or a contract roof shoveling basis. The choice is yours. The bottom line is that removing snow from your roof will greatly reduce if not eliminate the likelihood of ice dams.
Roof shoveling should be performed by experienced labor. It may seem like monkey work, but it is most certainly not. For example, it’s quite easy to damage a roof by using the wrong equipment or wrong technique. We repair roofs damaged by ‘professional’ roof shovelers every summer after the snow melts away to reveal their incompetence. Shoveling snow from roofs should be done by professionals who are experienced, licensed and insured for your protection. That’s us.
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining as it should. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
Where do ice dams happen: Most ice dams occur on the lowest edge of your roof as described above. We frequently find them in other locations, however.
What causes Ice Dam?
Roof ice and ice dams result from the escape of heat into the attic or roof space. This heat builds up and eventually melts snow on the roof, which, as described above runs to the cold edge of the roof and forms an ice dam. Factors such as ventilation, insulation, solar orientation, tree coverage, home architecture, snow cover, home owner lifestyle and of course weather conditions all interact to determine ice dam activity on every home. Because no two houses are the same, it is common to have neighboring homes on two ends of the ice dam spectrum; one may have major leaking, while the other is virtually unaffected.