• Brooks Gower

Ice Build Up On Roof, Eaves, and Valleys: What It Means

Updated: Feb 14, 2019

Are you noticing quite a build up of ice on your roof, eaves, and valleys? Well, it’s a good thing you’re observant, because it’s time to take action.

All of that ice is a sign that your attic is in dire need of attention. You see, heat loss through the attic causes ice to form on your eves due to premature melting of snow. Ultimately, this is a financial problem; keep this up, and your heating bill will go through the roof. (No pun intended.)

However, the good news is that if you fix the heat loss issue in your attic, you’ll save money in the long run. In fact, the savings on your monthly bill will pay for your upgrades in less than 2 years, on average. 

As a Peace Region attic insulation professional, I have seen all kinds of bad situations in older home attics. I’ve seen mold, rodents, squirrels, and birds all causing unexpected damage that creates heat loss opportunities.

The Solution? Attic insulation and ventilation

Obviously, insulating your attic is crucial. But your attic also needs to breathe. Ventilation is just as important as insulation. If your insulation ratio is not in balance you can have moisture problems in the house. Plus, the wood in your attic may be prone to mold growth. Condensation on the roof of your interior is a sign of an insulation imbalance.

Your Attic Insulation Problem Checklist

If you answer yes to one or more of these checklist items, please consider reaching out to me! (Keep in mind that all of my quotes for insulation projects are free.)

Ask yourself:

1. Does my house have no snow on the roof in the winter, when everybody else in the neighbourhood does?

2. Are my heating bills consistently high?

3. Is there ice build up on my roof, eaves, or valleys?

4. Is my home too hot in the summer?

If you’ve realized that your attic insulation could use some attention, let’s talk. Remember that in the long run, you’re going to save money and enjoy your home more if you deal with this all too common issue.

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