Should I have Ice Hanging on My Roof?


All but one of the states have snow coverage somewhere to make this a record year.  With all the cold the country is experiencing, what about the ice on your roof?  Is this normal or should I be concerned is a question many of you maybe asking yourselves. 

 Ice dams usually develop from the incorrect ventilation of attic and roof areas.  The diagram below is a great example of how this happens.

To answer your question, NO, you should not have long icicles hanging from the roof.  They are not only a potential risk for people or animals  walking under them; they can cause severe damage to your home inside and out.   Here is an example of a severe ice dam on a home that will need professional expertise to remove this correctly:

So you have some of these same looking icicles on the side of your home?  What to do now?  There are companies you can call that will come out and look at your problem, give you an estimate to resolve this issue, give you advice on how to prevent future issues & can do the work for you.

Some of the resolutions that may be used to correct the issues could be:

~ Steaming the icicles:  Some professionals my recommend to steam the icicles off your roof.  This can take anywhere from 3+ hours to do and can be costly. 

~ Roof Melt:  These can either be in a disk form that you toss onto your roof and will melt the snow/ice around where they land or a pellet formula that needs to be spread on by someone applying it onto the roof .  Again, I would recommend hiring a professional as the roof is going to be VERY slippery and could lead to injury if done by someone not professionally trained. (Photo for example only not a recommendation on behalf of author).

~ Heater Cores: Once you have the first issue resolved, a professional may recommend you install a heating system on your roof to resolve future issues.  This is typically electrical.  Cost, installation periods & availability vary based on roof dimensions, slopes, coverage and age.  There are different styles and cable that can be used based on your needs.

Most of us, when we see the icicles hanging from our roof would instinctively grab a broom or something with a long handle and knock them down.  However, this could do more damage to your roof and/or shingles.  Do NOT run the risk of having to hire a professional to correct more than what is wrong.  If this issue  is not handled correctly, the result could be melting that runs into your home, into your attic, into the sheet rock and may make it all the way into your basement.  

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