Ice storms are a rarity in North Texas, but if there were to be one, or you have friends and family in cooler parts of the country, this may be good information to have. The long icicles that you see hanging by the edge of roofs might sparkle beautifully in the crisp winter sun, but they are very damaging for roofs and they are also indicative of pre-existing roof faults.
Icicles form when warm air rises from your heated rooms all the way to the snow-covered roof, where the warm air melts the snow layer that is in immediate contact with the roof surface. The resulting water then runs down on the roof slope, freezing again at the edge, forming ice dams. The appearance of ice dams indicate that the roof does not insulate properly and they are also dangerous because the weight of the ice bars drags down the roof edge and can cause leaks and other roofing issues.
There are several ways to prevent the appearance of ice dams. Proper insulation installed in the attic can prevent warm air from slipping out, therefore insulating your attic area is a great way not only to prevent icicles, but also to reduce your energy bills. The other way to prevent ice damming is to ensure that the roof is strong and intact – to achieve that, experienced CLC Roofing Inc. professionals confirm that no matter where you live, you need to use the right materials on the roof.