Protect Your Roof from the Dangers of Ice Damming

Snow-covered rooftops may be nice to look at, but when your house is warm and the air is cold, melting snow on your roof can lead to major damage.

What is Ice Damming?

The warm house causes snow to melt higher on the roof, and the cold air quickly freezes the melting snow as it drips down toward the edge of your roof where the roof is colder. This buildup of ice can prevent proper drainage and catch the melting water, creating a pool. Known as ice damming, this process can wreak havoc on your roof, especially if it’s older.


As the pool of water builds, it can leak down into the structure of your roof. Your shingles are designed to protect your roof from rain and snow melt that runs down along the shingles and into your gutters. But when the water pools, it can seep between the shingles and end up damaging your roof and walls, leading to discoloration and mold.

How to Prevent Ice Damming

Clearing your roof of snow after a major storm can help prevent ice damming. But the best way to ensure ice damming isn’t a problem for your home is by investing in a new roof. When your roof is built well and built to code with proper ventilation, your roof will have a more consistent temperature. This prevents the cold areas at the edge of your roof where ice damming occurs.

The Seashore team knows how to prevent ice damming. Contact our team today for a roof that protects your home no matter the weather!