We live in New England so snow and ice are a fact of life. What’s different in New England is the frequency of winter storms, really long cold spells and the ice dams the resulting ice dams. So we’re looking to contractors and building supply companies in truly cold climates, places that have found created ice dam solutions we haven’t needed in the past.
We’ve written articles on what causes ice dams — heated air escaping into your attic and reaching the roof causes snow to melt, but it freezes before it can get off the roof. But we also know that some roofs that have been properly sealed, with good attic insulation and ventilation, still get ice dams.
Steve Kuhl (KuhlsContracting.com) started his roofing business in 1987, where they get more snow that we can imagine — in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He’s a nationally recognized leader in the roofing industry, and teaches home inspectors and insurance adjusters how to inspect cedar roofs.
While Steve expanded his business to include residential design/build, he continues to help homeowners in the greater Minneapolis area with roofing problems like ice dams. His simple article, What Causes Ice Dams doesn’t dwell on the standard answer about heated attic air and cold roofs.
Here is a summary of the problems which can cause ice dams, even when your home is built corrently with proper insulation, ventilation and all gaps are sealed to prevent heat loss. Read the full article to get Steve’s description and diagrams.
- The position of the sun may cause snow on different parts of the roof to melt at different times. For example, water from one area of roofing can melt, but the resulting water traveling down can get blocked and freeze, and an ice dam starts.
- Tree cover can cause similar snow melting problems. The peak of the roof may melt faster than lower levels of roofing, and the water can freeze before getting off the roof.
- Steve points out that wind is another problem that can ice dam problems. You know how the wind causes snow drifts in your driveway, so imagine those same drifts on your roof. This is critical too if you have a lot of snow on your roof, as they’re only built to hold a certain amount of snow.
Some might say we’re biased because of the ice dam solutions we offer New England homeowners. We like to say we’re builders so we know how your home is built, and where your roof is most vulnerable to ice dams. That’s why we searched for the technology needed to protect many different parts of your roof.
At New England Ice Solutions we design ice dam solutions for each house, to uniquely match state-of-the-art ice melting technology where your ice dams are forming. You don’t need them on all your eaves. It’s typical that only one side of your house has ice dam problems, and that’s where we focus.
Contact us at 877-705-1356 or send an email and we’ll give you a call! We’re ready to design your custom ice dam solution.