Ice damming / Guides

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...ice is called an ice dam, and it can cause water to backup beneath shingles and Ice dams cause damage to walls and roof structures. How to know if you have an Ice dam problem If you look up and see a big chunk of ice on the bottom edge of your roof, your forensic work is done; you have an ice dam . Despite the roma...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...ice monster that forms in the top of the freezer if the seal is defective - ice dams are caused by warm and relatively humid air leaking from inside a home into an insufficiently ventilated roof space, condensing, and forming ice. What causes ice in attics? Attic ice problems happen when there's a combination of 3 ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...ice. This is particularly noticeable during periods of extreme cold, made worse by high indoor humidity and lower-quality windows. Winterizing your home: Condensation and ice on windows is a sure sign that your home needs checking over Solutions: You can buy a hygrometer (to measure indoor humidity) at most har...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...ice dams and consequently the dreaded leak. Ice damming & frost in attics can be problematic and should be fixed as it will often cause water to back up and possibly get past shingles and metal flashings. Skylights and energy efficiency: Any way you slice it, the deck is stacked against skylights in terms of their ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

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...ice damming and what will seem like a roof leak on a warm sunny day in spring. Here is a forensic tip for you...roofs don't leak on sunny days! See our page on How to fix ice dams so you can understand yourself how it should be done and you can then be sure your contractor is carrying out work properly. How to finish...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...ice and involve sealing the exterior of the sheathing (or boards on older houses) with an air and vapour barrier, then a thick layer of insulation . Exterior vapour barrier construction is a simple practice and an excellent one, but it behaves very differently than interior vapour barriers and requires a thorough under...