Roof Heat Wire Systems is your safety net for winter ice buildup. Roof and gutters can be severely damaged by ice buildup. Ice dams and icicles form when the accumulated snow on a roof melts, and refreezes at the eaves and valleys during the evening. As the cycle continues and the ice dam continues to grow, it prevents the melted water from properly draining off of the roof. Eventually, icicles begin to form, increasing the chance for both structural damage and safety issues.
Ice dams that build up on overhangs and around gutters can result in extensive damage to your structure and endanger the safety of your family or customers
At A Best Gutters, we install custom Roof Heat Wire System solutions that will prevent ice dams, snow load and icicles on your home or building. Adding more insulation, ventilating an attic, or even the installation of a new roof will not solve the problem… Ice dams will always come back. (AIG describes snow load damage here.)
Maintaining a cool roof is the only way to avoid ice dams. There are some steps you can take to keep them from forming even if you have ventilation and insulation issues.
First, make sure your gutters are clear and clean and in good working order. This should be done every fall before snow and freezing temperatures set in.
Second, as soon as snow falls, safely remove snow from your roof’s edge with a roof rake. Keep in mind, if you have any roof areas that are extremely high or hard to get to, you should NOT attempt to do this yourself. Any kind of roof work can be extremely dangerous. If you have doubts, call a professional.
Even in below freezing weather, snow on the roof will often thaw because of heat from the sun and heat loss from the house through the roof. As this melted snow reaches the roof overhang it refreezes. Here there is no heat loss so the roof surface is much colder. As this melted snow refreezes again and again on the roof overhang, an ice dam is formed. Soon water backs up under shingles, and leaks into the house. Time to get your Roof Heat Wire Systems installed by A Best Gutters. A local business. If your business has snow load problems, consider our Commercial Roofing Services