27 Feb '15, 10am

Ice Dam Basics

Ice Dam Basics

Ice dams form when a home’s escaping heat warms the roof sheathing Material, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), but sometimes wooden boards, installed on the exterior of wall studs, rafters, or roof trusses; siding or roofing installed on the sheathing—sometimes over strapping to create a rainscreen. and melts the underside of the snow layer on the roof. Water trickles down the roof until it reaches the cold roofing over the eaves, where it freezes. After a while, the ice at the eaves gets thicker, forming an ice dam. If the water reservoir behind the ice dam is large enough, water can back up under the roof shingles and damage ceilings.

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