ICICLES CAN BE A SIGN OF TROUBLE IN YOUR ATTIC!
Do you get streaming icicles from your gutters in the winter? Icicles can be dangerous and lead to ice damming of your roof. Are you noticing spots on your roof that melt fast in cold weather? This too can indicate a problem with your attic.
Ice dams occur in winter when living spaces are heated. The warm heated air rises into the attic space. The heated attic melts the snow on the roof above at an accelerated pace. During the day, rising temperature combined with a warm attic below, causes snow to melts into water and flow down the roof into cold gutters. It then freezes again as temperatures drop. Eventually gutters fill with ice forcing the remaining water to travel and freeze underneath and around nearby shingles destroying shingles and surrounding structures.
PROPER INSULATION WILL SLOW HEAT FLOW
Increasing attic insulation will slow the flow of heat from living spaces below. Insulation will pay for itself by preventing structural damage from ice dams, reducing energy costs, and prolonging the life of your heating system by reducing unnecessary wear and tear, while also improving the comfort of living spaces.
In addition, you must have proper intake and exhaust ventilation in order to keep attic temperatures as close to ambient (outdoor) temperatures as possible. Attic ventilation allows you to draw out warm air and replace it with cool external air, keeping your attic cooler, allowing snow to melt slowly and evaporate without causing damage to your home.