It snowed a few days ago...and I'm still completely blown away when I go outside and see snow on our roof and ZERO icicles! Why? Because pre-renovation all of the snow would have melted off the roof and been transformed into huge icicles hanging over our gutters.
That's what caused all the water damage in our house...ice dams built up from snow melting on the roof.
So you can imagine how welcome this sight is...a perfect blanket of un-melted snow on our roof!
1. The first thing we did was create an overhang to get the gutters as far away from the walls of the house as possible. Now there's an extra foot or so between the gutters and the house...a perfect spot for additional insulation.
During the process:
2. We got rid of every hole that previously went through our roof. (except the chimney and plumbing stack that had to stay) This meant we switched from a gas water heater to an electric one so we could plug up as many holes as possible and keep the maximum amount of heat inside the house. In the picture below you can see the gas water heater vent that was plugged up before the foam insulation went in.
We're incredibly thankful that all of these little tweaks actually fixed the problem. It's impossible to know if all the money and effort really fixed anything until it actually snowed...and a total relief to see that snow has stayed put on the roof.
Yay for snow!