Prevent Icicles on your Home Roof

During the winter months, when cold air hits the heat escaping from your home, it can cause condensation on your roof. This condensation can turn into ice, which can then form large icicles. While these icicles may look nice, they can actually be a sign that your home has some ventilation or breathing issues. If you see large icicles forming on your roof, there are some things you can do to prevent the icicles on your Home Roof.

One of the main reasons icicles form along the eaves of your roof is that ice flows through a vent in your roof. Ice dams are caused by the melting of the under layer of snow when heat is leaking from your attic. When those drips of fresh snow meet the cold air along the eaves of your roof, they form a dam of ice. As snow continues to melt, these drips are added to the ice dam and can become some perilous-looking icicles.
In addition to being a threat overhead, the ice dam feeding them can cause water to back up under shingles or cause leaks in ceilings or walls.

Gutter guards will not place ice blocks into the gutter. Free flowing gutters will block any standing water that is created by a pump or drained directly into the gutters. In most conditions, struggling with a gutter will still result in standing water in the gutters and on the ground where it will eventually seep into the ground and be absorbed into the ground water supply. However, if you see large icicles on your roof, it is a good idea to do a few things to try and prevent them.

The recommendations must be followed to minimize ice buildup on roof, in gutters, on gutter cover or on the outside of gutters.

Here are 5 steps to prevent the icicles on your Home Roof.

  1. Improve attic insulation : Insulate your attic to the proper level (refer to manufacturer’s recommended amount) helps maintain a stable and comfortable temperature. It will also allow your attic to be the same temperature as the outside air and will help maintain a better temperature inside your home. Ridge vents and soffit vents allow air to circulate, which helps the air in your attic stays cool. This prevents ice dams from forming.

  2. Seal leaks around fireplace flues, chimneys, and air-outtake vents : If you have cold air leaking from your heat source which is leaking from your chimney, or warm air leaking from your furnace, of which floor you’re on, then that heat is leaking up through the part of the wall you are standing on. Seal these leaks. This will help to keep the heat from entering the walls and causing the ice to form. Kitchen vents or dryer vents are going to add detrimental moisture to your attic — they’re going to be going from exhaust into attic.

  3. Make sure your attic is well-ventilated : To insulate the attic so well, you need to insulate the soffit vents or ridge vents created to allow cool air into your attic. It is vital that you insulate too much, however; to keep your attic airtight when you do this, you need to seal up all the gaps between the insulation and the wall itself. This will help to keep the attic air at a reasonable temperature, which will help prevent ice dams from forming.

  4. Clean gutters before and between snowfall : One of the most important things you can do to prevent icicles is to clean your gutters before and between snowfall. When snow and ice accumulate in your gutters, it can cause them to freeze, which can then lead to icicles forming. By keeping your gutters clean, you can help prevent this from happening. You should also make sure that your gutters are properly installed and that they are not clogged with leaves or other debris.

  5. Use a roof rake to remove snow a few feet from the eaves : After a snowstorm, go outside and use a roof rake to remove the snow from the edges of your roof. This will help prevent the snow from melting and then refreezing, which can lead to icicles forming. It is important to do this as soon as possible after a storm, as the longer you wait, the more likely it is that the snow will melt and then refreeze.
The heat from the sun also plays a role in the melting of what you call icicles off your roof, so some icicle formations can’t be eliminated. EBA Roofing Inc. can give you the proper roof and attic treatments necessary to avoid those large, damaging icicles and maintain safety overhead.

NOTE: If you do not access your gutters and roof at the proper angle, this can be dangerous and even deadly. Make sure to access your gutters and roof from a safe and sturdy location, such as a ladder or roof access platform. The roof access platform is the most effective way to avoid falling off the roof.