ICE Dams on Your Gutters

Posted: March 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

This winter has been an exceptional winter in Northeast, Ohio. With the cold weather, I have noticed large ice buildups along the gutters are many homes. I have also viewed several reports on local news stations that were about the damage from ice on gutters. Unfortunately, many of the stories featured roof companies and they made it sound as if ice dams are caused by roof problems and roof companies are the ones to fix such problems. This is simply not true. While roof companies will install ice shield on the lower portion of the roof, which is a good thing, it is not what is causing your problem. It may, or may not prevent damage but it will NOT stop the ice dams.  The second item, which I consider misinformation is suggesting that you need additional roof ventilation. Although this may be true in some cases, for the majority this again is NOT the problem. Ice dams, are caused by heat loss from your home which heats the attic and the underside of the roof. This melts the snow, which re-freezes when it get out over the colder eaves. So what is the real cause and cure for ice dams? It is locating the source of heat loss into the attic and properly sealing it. CLI Group uses a blower door to de-pressurize your home and an infrared camera to spot those areas where warm air from the home can leak into the attic. Those areas can then be properly sealed and insulated and the problem is solved. Roof repairs are simply expensive band-aids.

This winter has brought ice issues to many homes  and buildings.

This winter has brought ice issues to many homes and buildings.

Infrared image shows air leakage at recessed lighting.

Infrared image shows air leakage at recessed lighting.

Use recessed lights which are air tight and approved to be insulation covered if you must use recessed lighting. I personally do not recommend the use of these lights.

Use recessed lights which are air tight and approved to be insulation covered if you must use recessed lighting. I personally do not recommend the use of these lights.

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  1. Great Information! Very Useful!

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