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Ice Dams

ROOF ICE DAM FOR ROOFS IN MASSACHUSETTS & SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter. This heat, combined with heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof. Melting snow on the upper roof and in the valleys then runs down toward the eaves as water. When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it refreezes. The continual thaw and re-freeze process create ice dams. The result is water backing up under the roof shingles or behind fascia boards where it can soak through the roof decking or wall sheathing, causing damage to attics, ceilings, and walls.

Quinn’s Construction is an expert on roofing installations and ventilation.

Simply put: here are four things that might be the cause of your ice dam roof problems:

  • Installation
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Design

Below is a temporary solution to stop leaking and to protect the interior of your home.

  • Inspect your home – inside and out
  • Keep your heat low
  • Apply ice melt that is plant-safe to speed melting
  • Remove ice dams without damaging shingles
  • Relieve trapped water to drain it off

When Spring arrives or before, Quinn’s Construction:

  • Will do a no-cost evaluation of your roofing system, ventilation, and insulation
  • Inspect for other potential entry points and excessive moisture and condensation
  • Evaluate the building design
  • Inspect roofing system
  • Propose installations and changes to your home or building