Orangeville home owners now is the time to inspect your roofs and eaves for icicles on your roof, as this is the most common indicator of a heat loss problem.
Snow on a roof is generally a good sign because it means heat is not escaping from the attic and melting the snow above. But if there are icicles on your roof or the side of your house, this can often mean just the opposite.
Most icicles on an Orangeville home will form due to heat escaping through attics, which is generally caused by insufficient insulation. This escaping heat will warm the roof sheathing and cause the snow on the shingles to melt. The melted snow then runs down the roof until it meets the roof overhang, where the temperature is much colder. It then refreezes into large masses of ice creating icicles.
This ice also creates a barrier for additional snow that melts throughout the winter, producing a pool of water literally backed up by this “ice dam”. The pooling of water can lead to numerous problems including.
These problems can be expensive to repair, but there are a number of actions people can take to solve these problems. Stopping air leaks from the warm moist interior of your Orangeville house through to the cooler attic should be the first priority. A heated house is like a chimney – a container of warm air surrounded by cold air that tends to draw air in at the bottom and release it at the top. In winter this is intensified as heat pushes through the top ceiling into the attic. Making matters worse, warm air carries with it humidity, that condenses in the attic and may cause other damage.
Sealing air paths that are only accessible from the attic can be a challenge. Limited access and the risk of going through the ceiling may be reason enough to hire a professional. The cost of these solutions will vary depending on the size and shape of the Orangeville house, as well as the number of air leaks. The costs to make these improvements generally range from $500 to $2,500. This is a small investment compared to the cost of the potential water damage.