VENTILATION IS THE BEST PREVENTION
While it may seem odd, ice dams are prevented by keeping your attic cool in winter. By keeping your attic cool, you minimize the snowmelt that leads to damming.
Attic insulation can slow heated air from living spaces below but insulation alone will not prevent ice dams.
Proper ventilation includes intake and exhaust vents. Intake vents include soffit or eave vents that allow fresh air to enter the attic. Exhaust vents placed high on the roof allow warm, moist air to be pushed up and out of the attic. A powered roof vent or attic fan is an affordable solution that can dramatically improve ventilation and minimize ice dams in winter and prevent heat from building up in your attic in summer.
While proper insulation and good attic ventilation have proven to be the best defense against ice dams, neither is guaranteed prevention against all ice dams. Unusual winter weather patterns and other factors can result in ice dams regardless of your attic configuration.
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