Winter Woes: Icicles and Ice Dams

Ice Dams in DenverWinter is coming – and no, this isn’t about Game of Thrones. With winter comes snow and cold air, and while that may sound good to you, it may not be a good thing for your gutters, especially if you haven’t cleaned them in a while. reminds everyone that this is the season of ice dams and icicles – and potential damage to your roof.

Ice Dams and Icicles

Ice dams are ridges of ice that form on the edges of your roof. It blocks the path of melted snow (water) and prevents it from exiting the roof through the gutter. When water runs down the roof’s slope and freezes once it hits cold air, then you are dealing with icicles, as well.

Wreaking Havoc Inside and Outside

Why is this bad? Well, melted snow isn’t meant to stay in the gutter; the water has to flow out of the roof. Since ice dams and icicles prevent it from going anywhere, it can leak through damaged shingles or enter the home through the walls, which is how dampness starts.

When water backs up through the roof’s shingles and into the home, it can peel paint, warp the wood, cause mold and mildew, or damage walls, insulation, and ceilings.

If you notice heavy sheets of ice on your roof, make sure you take them out because as it expands and contracts with the changes in temperature, you are getting closer to costly repairs for your roof and gutters.

Don’t waste time in stopping ice dams and icicles from forming because this will be just one of the problems you’ll be dealing with once winter comes in. Your roof can deal with other issues, such as condensation, strong winds, flashing leaks, and tree limbs falling onto your home.

If you’re not sure how you can solve these problems, hire a local contractor who can help you weigh your options. Happy Holidays!

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