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All Exteriors, LLC
Serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
Serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
If you live in a climate that experiences long, cold winters like Wisconsin and Minnesota, ice dams can be a problem. While we all love the beauty of icicles hanging down from the eaves of our home creating that picture-perfect winter landscape, the fact is ice can wreak havoc if not addressed.
Ice dams are thick mounds of ice that build up along your home’s eaves. They can loosen shingles, tear off gutters, and cause water to back up and enter your home. This can result in serious damage that can be expensive to repair.
Ice dams form when heat from the roof melts the base of the snow on the roof. The water travels between the snow and your roof shingles until it reaches your gutters, which are cold because they extend beyond the exterior walls of your home. There, the water re-freezes, gradually growing into a mound of ice.
The flatter your roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to form and grow. If the snow and ice build up in your gutters, it can cause an ice dam to form.
Removing an ice dam is best accomplished by breaking it free in small pieces. It is best to have them steamed off of the home to prevent damage to your roof. This is slow and dangerous work, and is best done by an experienced professional like the experts at All Exteriors Home Improvement & Outdoor Living. Then it is suggested to get an estimate from All Exteriors for proper insulation and ventilation to help prevent the ice dams from forming again.
Of course, the ideal situation is to prevent ice dams from forming in the first place. This is best accomplished by addressing your home’s roofing system.
A professional roofer can seal all points where warm air enters from your living space immediately below the roof sheathing. Keeping your living space well-insulated can prevent conduction and convection of heat through the ceiling. Venting the roof to remove any heat that does leak is the final step.
Taking these steps will not only prevent ice dams, it will eliminate a significant loss of heat from your home. Truly a win-win solution!
The Midwest winter can be harsh. Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin we can see lots of snow, ice and freezing-cold winds that can take a real toll on your home if you’re not prepared!
Energy costs are unpredictable and if your home isn’t properly winterized, you can be hit with big bills. If you live in an older home with single-pane windows or have even the smallest gaps or spaces around windows and doors, you could be spending hundreds of dollars more than you need to every winter.
It’s not difficult to winterize windows and a little time spent before the winter snows hit can keep you warm … and lower your energy costs. Let’s examine how to winterize your windows to prepare your home for the coming Midwest winter.
There are several effective window insulation techniques. Often the best solution is to combine a couple to maximize efficiency and achieve lower energy costs. Here are some to consider:
If you have older single-pane windows, storm windows are a relatively inexpensive way to add some protec tion. While they don’t provide window insulation, they do prevent air movement through single pane windows.
This is another low-cost fix and they look better than putting plastic over the windows! Heavy, thermal-lined, floor- or sill-length drapes can keep the cold air at bay. To make them even more effective, consider adding Velcro to window frames and places where they overlap for a better seal.
With replacement windows from All Exteriors, you can save energy by replacing your old windows with the latest state-of-the-art window technology designed to help keep your home cool in summer and warm in the winter.
While it’s possible to do the work yourself, often the best solution is to hire a professional. The money you save heating your home this winter will help defray any costs if windows are drafty and cold. Contact All Exteriors today so that you’re best prepared for a Midwest winter!
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