Now that the cold days of winter are over and the warm summer days are ahead of us, it may be hard to think back to those blizzards that the Pittsburgh area experiences every year. But there are many people still dealing with the decisions now that they made when it came to roof ice removal during the winter.
Many homes this winter experienced ice dams that then led to major roof ice build-up requiring substantial roof ice removal. To understand how to prevent this in the future, we must understand the root of the problem – the ice dams.
An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof (typically at the gutters and soffit). As water forms up behind that wall of ice, a pond is formed and it’s that pool that causes leaking into your Pittsburgh home, damaging the walls, insulation and ceiling.
To prevent these ice dams from forming, the gutters of your home need to be cleaned. Once the gutters are cleaned, then roof ice removal won’t be as major if those ice dams don’t form.
Unfortunately, roof ice removal by the homeowner is not suggested. Roof ice removal typically requires an experienced professional with the proper materials, tools and know-how to do the job right. A homeowner can remove snow build-up using a rake or a push broom, but for in-depth roof ice removal it is best to stick with a professional.
While Mother Nature cannot be predicted and roof ice is going to happen, you can make sure that your attic is properly ventilated and insulated to help prevent ice dams. The suggested amount is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of attic floor for ventilation. An experienced contractor can assist you when it comes to insulation and getting the appropriate amount of insulation for your area and home.
So, enjoy the summer time now because winter and roof ice removal days in Pittsburgh will be here again – all too soon!