Winter is here, and with it comes the dreaded ice dams on roofs. Ice dams can cause significant damage to your roof and home. Thereby leading to costly repairs. Luckily, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) has also provided some helpful tips to prevent ice dams. That’s I mean from forming on your roof this winter.

Insulate Your Attic

One of the main causes of ice dams is heat escaping from your home and melting the snow on your roof. By insulating your attic, you can prevent heat from escaping and keep your roof cold. All which will prevent snow from melting and ice dams from forming.

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Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks in your home can also contribute to the formation of ice dams. By sealing air leaks, you can prevent warm air from escaping and keep your roof cold, which will prevent ice dams from forming.

Clear Snow from Your Roof

Removing snow from your roof can also help prevent ice dams from forming. Use a roof rake to remove snow from your roof after each snowfall, being careful not to damage your roof in the process.

Install Heat Tape

If you have a history of ice dams on your roof, consider installing heat tape. Heat tape can be installed along the edge of your roof to melt snow and prevent ice dams from forming.

Conclusion: Don’t Let Ice Dams Ruin Your Winter

By following these tips from NYSERDA, you can prevent ice dams from forming on your roof this winter and avoid costly repairs. So, insulate your attic, seal air leaks, clear snow from your roof, and consider installing heat tape. Don’t let ice dams ruin your winter!

And remember, if all else fails, you can always try the age-old method of placing a giant hair dryer on your roof to melt the snow. Just kidding, please don’t do that!

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