Do Icicles Mean Poor Insulation?

 frozen ice on the edge of the roof

If you live in a state that regularly gets freezing temperatures, you are likely accustomed to seeing icicles. These unique formations can be nice to look at in nature, but if you start to see them around your home you may be wondering if they indicate problems with your insulation. Having a few icicles around your home is common and likely not indicative of a major problem, but if you notice icicles and ice dams, you may have a serious lack of adequate insulation.

What Are Ice Dams?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along the edge of a roof, typically under the eaves. They are formed when heat escapes from your home and melts the snow and ice on your roof. As the water rolls down your roof, it may not be able to drain properly, causing it to refreeze along your (much colder) eaves and gutters. Once an ice dam has formed it becomes increasingly difficult for water to drain, making the ridge grow increasingly larger.

Ice dams can cause significant damage to your gutter system and can lead to precipitation seeping into your roof, resulting in water damage and mold growth.

How to Prevent Icicles and Ice Dams

To prevent the formation of icicles and ice dams, you should ensure that your home is properly insulated and ventilated. An experienced contractor can diagnose any problems that are causing ice dams and suggest a plan to remedy the issue.

Turn To Exterior Source

If icicles and ice dams have damaged your roof or gutters, Exterior Source can help. We offer gutter replacement and roof repair and replacement services to homeowners around Tidewater, the Peninsula, and Northeast North Carolina. Give us a call today to start your project.

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