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Ice Dams

Ice Damming Prevention in Grand Rapids and the Surrounding Areas

The cold weather brings snow and ice that could eventually cause an ice dam on your home.  There are going to be many contractors that offer a fast fix once the problem has presented itself, but these solutions could hurt your home even further.  Before you look for ice dam removal in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, consider investing in getting your home in shape now before you have a problem that you need to fix in an emergency.

Ice Dams

How Ice Dams Form

You have likely heard the havoc that ice dams in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas can cause. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of houses, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. Some residents have had water-stained ceilings, dislodged roof shingles, sagging gutters, peeling paint, and damaged plaster that can be expensive to fix.

There are many ways to treat the symptoms, but proper air sealing, insulation, and attic venting are the best way to eliminate the problem.

Ice dams form usually above the overhang along the roof’s edge. Snow melts from the heat and warm air leaking from your living area and gets into the colder edge of the roof, then it refreezes. Each layer of snow that accumulates insulates the roof a little more, keeping more heat in the attic, keeping the roof warmer, and melting more snow. This exponentially increases. As the temperature drops quickly in the area, the eaves freeze.

There are a few ways to prevent ice dams in Grand Rapids, and here are a few:

  1. Seal All Warm Air Leaks

Warm air rises, and will want to escape wherever it can. We want to control the leak so that the warm air vents where we want it to through proper ventilation, but we don’t want the warm air venting onto vulnerable places on your roof as to cause the ice dam in the first place. Even if a contractor removes the ice dam for you, without fixing the problem that caused it you will be in the same situation later.

  1. Insulate the Living Area

Don’t allow conduction and convection to heat through the ceiling and warm your roof. The water that melts under the snow will refreeze and compound any ice dam that might form there. In addition, proper insulation can help your home’s energy efficiency and save you money on your heating bills.

  1. Ensure Proper Ventilation

Let the air vent where you want it to! Controlling the air flow will be the first step in preventing your attic from heating the roof too much, and help prevent ice dams into the future.

Preventing ice damns in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Lansing and the surrounding areas can be troublesome, but if you already have a problem, make sure you hire a contractor that knows what they are doing.

Contact Us Today For Ice Dam Prevention

Contact us today at (616) 243-3700 to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate or to find out more about ice dams in Grand Rapids and their prevention. You can also use our convenient online request form.