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Ice Damming on Roofs: Understanding the Causes and Preventive Measures

Ice Damming on Roofs: Understanding the Causes and Preventive Measures

Winter brings with it a picturesque snowy landscape, but it also brings potential risks to your home, one of which is ice damming on roofs. Ice dams are not only an unsightly sight but can also cause significant damage to your roof and interior. In this blog post, we will explore the causes of ice damming and discuss preventive measures to protect your home during the winter months.

1. Understanding Ice Damming:

Ice damming occurs when snow on the roof melts, then refreezes at the eaves and gutters, forming a barrier that prevents proper runoff. As more snow melts, it pools behind the ice dam and seeps under the shingles, leading to leaks and potential water damage inside your home. This phenomenon is often caused by a combination of inadequate insulation, poor ventilation, and fluctuating temperatures.

2. Insufficient Insulation:

One of the key factors contributing to ice damming is inadequate insulation in the attic. Poor insulation allows warm air from your living space to escape into the attic, causing the roof to warm up. When this warm roof meets the cold eaves, snow melts and forms ice dams. Ensuring proper insulation in your attic helps maintain a consistent temperature and prevents excessive heat loss, reducing the risk of ice dams.

3. Inadequate Ventilation:

Proper ventilation is crucial to maintaining a healthy roof system and preventing ice damming. Without adequate airflow, warm air can become trapped in the attic, leading to increased roof temperatures. By installing soffit vents, ridge vents, or attic fans, you can facilitate the circulation of air, regulating the attic temperature and minimizing the likelihood of ice dams.

4. Roof Maintenance:

Regular roof maintenance plays a vital role in preventing ice dams. Clearing accumulated snow from your roof after each snowfall can help minimize the chances of ice dam formation. However, it is important to use caution when removing snow to avoid damaging the roof or causing injury. Hiring a professional roofing contractor to safely remove snow is recommended.

5. Heat Trace Cables:

For areas that are prone to ice dams, installing heat trace cables along the eaves can be an effective preventive measure. These electric cables generate heat, melting the snow and preventing ice dams from forming. Heat trace cables should be installed by a professional to ensure proper placement and functionality.

6. Professional Roof Inspection:

Before winter arrives, it is advisable to have a professional roof inspection. They can identify any pre-existing issues or areas vulnerable to ice damming. By proactively addressing these concerns, you can take preventive measures and minimize the risk of ice dams.


Ice damming on roofs can lead to significant damage and costly repairs. Understanding the causes of ice dams and implementing preventive measures can help safeguard your home during the winter months. Adequate insulation, proper ventilation, regular maintenance, and the use of heat trace cables are all important steps to prevent ice dam formation. By taking proactive measures, you can ensure your roof remains safe, secure, and free from the damaging effects of ice dams.
Matt began his roofing career at the age of 12 working for free for his uncle cleaning/organizing trucks tools. At 16 he began working on the roof for his uncle Jerry Adams of A&B Roofing/Jerry Adams Investments. He learned the fundamentals of various types of roofing including: hot tar, wood shake, shingle, tile as well as composition shingle. He then went to work for C&M Custom Roofing. Looking to expand his knowledge and gain further advancement in the industry he went on to run a crew at Nu Shake Roofing. After Nu Shake he decided to focus his attention on metal roofing and began working for Cal Pac Metal Roofing Co. After that he went on to Cal Neva which was another metal roofing company. Still looking to learn more and push the limits of what he had been taught he moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains where he ran crews for Carter Roofing, Robinson Roofing and Matteson Roofing before finally opening the doors of Warren Roofing in 2008.