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Everything Wisconsin Homeowners Need to Know About Ice Dams

January in the Madison metro area can prove to be the coldest month of the year. With the temperature dropping well below freezing, the harsh elements of winter can pose serious threats to your home. One common threat your home faces every winter is ice dams.

Here’s a Wisconsin homeowners guide to ice dams.

How Do Ice Dams Form?

The main culprit for ice dams is insufficient insulation in your home’s attic. As you may know, heat rises. Your home’s heating elements work hard during the winter to keep the temperature warm and cozy. When your attic isn’t properly insulated, the heat from your home will leak into your attic, raising the overall temperature.

When your attic is warmer than the air outside, the snow sitting on top of your roof will begin to melt. The snowmelt will make its way to the edge of your roof, resting on the eaves or in the gutters. Since the snowmelt is away from the warm air of the attic, it will begin to freeze again. This melting and freezing process repeats until an ice dam forms that is too large to ignore.

Why Are Ice Dams Bad?

Ice dams may look kind of pretty when they produce long icicles, but the damage they can cause sure isn’t. Some ice dams can carry a great amount of weight. These heavy ice dams can break off from the roof, tearing the shingles it was frozen to with it. An ice dam breaking off will certainly cause damage to your roof and the shingles that cover it, prompting an untimely and costly repair or replacement.

Ice dams falling also pose a threat to damaging other parts of your exterior, including siding, windows, and gutters. Lastly, falling ice dams pose a potential hazard to you, your family, your pets, and other objects around your property.

Expert vs. DIY Ice Dam Removal

When it comes to removing ice dams, it’s always a good idea to hire a trusted professional. Roofing contractors that remove ice dams have years of experience with this potentially dangerous task. Additionally, a trusted professional uses top-notch equipment to remove ice dams safely, quickly, and effectively.

Call on Isthmus Roofing for All Your Winter Exterior Needs

If you need work with your roofing, or any other parts of your exterior this winter, call on Isthmus Roofing. Request a quote online or give us a call at 608-949-0533 today!

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