While below freezing temperatures are not something we frequently have to worry about in Louisiana, it is important to know what to do to protect your roof, and therefore your home, from potentially damaging ice. Louisiana homes were battered in 2020 with near back-to-back storms, and the last thing anybody wants is to have their new roofs in Lake Charles, LA suffer damage from a once in a decade freeze.
Ice dams form when the snow or sleet melts on the upper part of your roof and refreezes on its way down where there is still snow and sleet build-up. Ice dams can be particularly damaging because as the water pools at the dam, it can seep under your shingles and into your attic.
Condensation becomes a problem when the outdoor temperatures conflict with the warmth inside your home. A properly insulated roof in Lake Charles, LA will prevent the warm air inside your attic from causing condensation build-up that could result in condensation on the underside of your shingles. This condensation can lead to mold, mildew, and damage to the interior of your home.
In Louisiana, icicles are a more common problem residents deal with when freezing temperatures may appear in the morning and wane by the afternoon. To prevent gutters from becoming too heavy with ice and icicles, it is important to clean out gutter debris on a regular basis. Excessive weight from icicles that do not melt by the end of the day can cause damage to gutters and flashing.