One key way to improve the efficiency of your home is by assessing it as a system or “building envelope”- what separates the conditioned (interior) and unconditioned (exterior) environments. Insulation is a key part of this system. It acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, especially in walls, attics and basements. In many homes, the most cost effective and practical way to make a house more energy efficient is to add insulation. This added insulation can help lower your energy bills, avoid attic condensation and prevent ice damming in Winnipeg. Warm Home Insulation can inspect and diagnose building envelope problems at your home and provide solutions to your problems that may involve improving the insulation, air and vapour barriers.
After record breaking snow accumulation in recent winters, Manitobans have experienced ice damming on their roofs and/or condensation issues in their attics. When large amounts of snow accumulate on your roof and then melt quickly when the weather changes, you are at high risk for water infiltration and ice damming on your Winnipeg home.
If you have an imbalanced distribution of warmth in your attic, ice can build up along the edge of your roof. This buildup is known as an “ice dam”. It can block water from draining down the roof and cause it to seep through the roof deck. This issue can become more prominent after energy efficiency upgrades are completed to your home, such as getting a new furnace or replacing drafty windows.
Old homes are especially susceptible to these problems, as they often do not have enough insulation to prevent snow buildup and ice damming on your roof. More than a foot of snow on your roof, ice buildup and icicles hanging down are all symptoms of these problems. There are many homes in Manitoba that were built in the 1960s and earlier. If you live in the Wolseley or River Heights areas it is especially important that you get your building envelope assessed for potential problems.
Trust Our Experience
The best way to get rid of ice damming in Winnipeg is to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. At Warm Home Insulation, we have years of experience helping homes and businesses around Winnipeg with their insulation needs. We get to the heart of the issue as we assess your building's “envelope”. This allows us to see what's between the conditioned and unconditioned areas. When we find inadequate insulation, attic leaks and improper ventilation, we go to work with a targeted insulation plan for your home.
In most cases, we remove old or worn out insulation from vulnerable areas and replace it with new spray foam or fibre-based insulation. Additionally, we can inject insulation into empty walls to help seal leaks and prevent later damage. We can also advise on your venting needs so your attic is free from future condensation.
If ice damming in Winnipeg is a problem for you, turn to Warm Home Insulation and get the protection your home needs this winter and for all the winters to come.
If you’d like to have your home or building assessed, please call us today to schedule a free estimate.