Now that the snow and ice have melted, we see homeowners all around the Twin Cities metro working on the outsides of their homes - cleanup, maintenance, and yes, repairs. This time of year is when we should be taking stock of what winter may have done to the exterior of our homes and evaluate whether it's time to make some changes. Your roof is the best place to start, because it's the most important protective feature of your home. And the main issue that winter causes with Minnesota homes is ice dam formation.

Ice dam and icicles at edge of roof on home

Ice dams are more than just annoying; they threaten both your roof and the inside of your home. It is important that you keep ice dams from starting;  this is the best defense you have against them. And now is the time to do just that.

By taking steps to eliminate ice dams, you might just help your roof last for a longer period of time.

How to Know You Have Problems with Ice Dams

Is there a lot of snow that builds up your roof in the winter? Do you have ice overflowing your gutters? Do icicles form at your roof edge? Does your roof look like the photo above?

If the answers are yes, then you probably already have an ice dam formation issue.

The problems that result from ice dams can range from small to large, but when they become severe, they can cause problems inside the home and not just on the roof.

Give us a call if you think you may have problems with ice dams forming on your roof. We have a number of things we can suggest to eliminate ice dam formation once and for all.

Quarve Contracting, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota roofing contractor, and we have helped homeowners all over the Twin Cities metro switch to metal roofing, one of the best permanent solutions to ice dam problems (along with sufficient attic ventilation and insulation, which we can also help you with.