Ice Dam Prevention

Wisconsin winters are especially snowy and cold, and this can be taxing on your home. This is especially true if icicles and ice dams form along the edge of your roof during the winter. Icicles and ice dams can cause significant damage to your home’s exterior and are a sign that your attic is under-insulated. Luckily, they can be prevented by the professionals at Wisconsin Home Improvement.

What is an Ice Dam?

During the winter, escaping heat from your attic can melt snow that has accumulated on your roof. As the melted water begins to move towards the edge of the roof, it meets a colder area where it then refreezes. This causes blocks of ice to form and create ice dams, including icicles which hang from your gutters and roof.

Ice dams and heavy icicles can wreak havoc on your home’s gutters, siding, roof and attic. Removing them is difficult and must be done regularly; however, preventing them requires just a few preventive measures which need to be done only once.

How to Prevent Ice Dams from Forming

During the winter, escaping heat from your attic can melt snow that’s accumulated on your roof. As the melted water begins to move towards the edge of the roof, it meets a colder area that then refreezes it. This causes blocks of ice to form and create ice dams, including icicles which hang from your gutters and roof.

Preventing Ice Dams from Forming

Prevention of ice dams is much more effective than later trying to remove them. Although this does involve an initial investment, it helps to avoid problems and additional expenses in the long-term. The most effective solutions for preventing ice dams include:

Air Sealing

During the winter, stack effect can be much more pronounced in a leaky home. Stack effect causes warm air to rise and escape through the attic, pulling cold outdoor air in through the home’s lower levels.

To lower your energy bills, keep your home more comfortable, reduce stress on your heating system, and prevent ice dams, be sure to air seal your attic. Having your attic air sealed reduces the amount of warm air that seeps up into the attic. This lowers the attic’s temperature to keep it from melting rooftop snow, preventing the first step of ice dam formation.

Attic Insulation

Insulation acts as a thermal barrier for your home, preventing heat transfer. Increasing your attic insulation prevents heat from transferring into the attic space and enhances the effects of air sealing.

By keeping your home’s heated air confined to your living spaces, you’ll save on energy bills, stay more comfortable year-round, and reduce the melting and refreezing effect that creates ice dams. Improving your attic insulation after effectively air sealing is the second step in preventing ice dams, as well as keeping your home more cozy and energy efficient.


Wisconsin Home Improvement Helps to Prevent Ice Dams

Stop ice dams from damaging your home this winter with help from the expert team at Wisconsin Home Improvement. In addition to preventing ice dams from forming, we’ll help to keep you stay comfortable all year long in a home that’s energy efficient.

Ready to prevent ice dams from damaging your home while staying more comfortable and saving on your home’s energy bills? Contact us or call (262) 373-6694 to schedule an ice dam prevention consultation today!

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  • Teresa

    I am so grateful for everyone at Wisconsin Home Improvement. I will always recommend you to anyone looking to have insulation services.

  • Jenny P.

    I just wanted to extend a thank you to you and all of your employees who have spent time at our home fixing our attic issues.

  • James V.

    Dear Steve, 

    We at Grace are so pleased with the quality of work and the professionalism of the crew that did the insulation. Mike and Igor were so respectful of the building and its contents, and so nice to everyone in the congregation who was working at church. 

    James V., Milwaukee, WI
  • Cindy S.

    I really feel compelled to give a "shout out" to everyone I have come into contact with at WHI. First off - Jody. You are so friendly and helpful on the phone, forgiving me for my inability to "on-line sign", switching up of dates, declining work and then changing my mind.

    Cindy S., Whitefish Bay, WI
  • Tim S.

    Steve, just a side note and I would not send this if it was not completely true - Mike and Pete were both fantastic. I was impressed. We had just had other major construction and have many comparatives for the work WHI did. I would come home and never know they had even been there.

  • Mike & Erin M.

    We wanted to provide feedback on our experience with Peter, who did our home energy audit.  We felt he went above and beyond what was expected of him.  He was very thorough and was genuinely concerned about any issues causing inefficiencies in our home.  He explained things in terms we... Read More

  • I wanted to thank you and your team again for the
    great work you did and insulating our home. It is only been a week, and the
    difference is amazing. Every room in this house feel substantially warmer.

  • Your employees were prompt, courteous and friendly.

    Lois W., Menomonee Falls, WI
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    John & Jennifer P., WI
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    Ryan, WI
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    Brandon Langeteig, Project Home, Inc.