When it comes to the occasional snow fall, we want to make sure our roofs are ready. One of the worst things that can happen when we get snow is having ice dams. While it’s not ideal, there are things you can do to help prevent this from happening. Here are three ways to help protect your roof this winter.
Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clean
Gutters need to be properly maintained to avoid ice dams. If gutters are full of leaves and other debris, it can cause water to back up and not run off the roof, creating ice. Make sure your gutters are clean before you get snow!
Proper Attic Insulation
If your attic is not well insulated, it can cause your roof to ice over. Having proper insulation will ensure you don’t get ice dams. Call a professional roofer for an inspection; they will be able to see if you have adequate insulation.
Install Heating Cables
If you really want to guarantee you don’t get ice dams on your roof, consider installing heat cables. Heat cables are placed at the edge of the roof so that when ice runs down the roof, the cable will melt the ice and it will then run off the roof.
Even after you have taken preventative action, you might still get ice dams. When this happens you need to call a professional to take care of the problem. At Ridgeline Exteriors we trained and certified to repair and maintain residential roofs. Call us today at (207) 432-0810 for ice dam removal in Kennebunk, ME, and the surrounding areas.