Winter-Proofing Your Home: Battling Attic Frost in Minnesota’s Cold Climate

Dec 08, 2023

Embrace the beauty of Minnesota winters without worrying about attic frost wreaking havoc in your home. At Lutgen Companies, we understand the unique challenges posed by the state’s cold climate and offer a comprehensive range of exterior solutions, including roofing, windows, gutters, siding, decks, doors, and insulation services.

Understanding Attic Frost: Where Does It Come From?

Minnesota’s unpredictable weather patterns can lead to sudden heaps of snow followed by rapid melting—a common scenario that prompts calls about mysterious leaks in light fixtures, bath fans, kitchen stoves, or other exhaust fans from homes we haven’t had a chance to help yet.

The culprit? Attic frost, most often a result of air leaks in your attic, ranging from tiny, unnoticed gaps to more conspicuous openings.

Preventing Attic Frost: A Two-Pronged Approach

  1. Sealing Air Leaks: Entrust Lutgen Companies with the task of sealing all air leaks in your attic, regardless of size. This proactive step ensures a comprehensive solution, preventing future issues and eliminating the need for repeated calls. Bid farewell to attic frost worries with a well-sealed attic.
  2. Managing Moisture: In addition to sealing leaks, take control of moisture levels by running exhaust fans during winter. If you’re a habitual humidifier user, consider reducing usage in winter months to minimize airborne moisture. Run exhaust fans for an extended period after showering, and leave them on while cooking to maintain optimal humidity levels.

Distinguishing Between Roof Leaks and Frost Build-Up

Confused about whether you’re dealing with a roof leak or attic frost? Watch for clues during a rainstorm. Constant dripping or visible leaks during rain likely indicate a roof leak, potentially caused by installation issues or natural damage.

On the other hand, if issues arise when the snow starts to melt, such as dripping light fixtures or bath fans, it’s likely attic frost. Recognize the signs and address them promptly to prevent water damage to your home.

Trust Lutgen Companies for Your Winter-Ready Home

Water or leaks of any kind can be a homeowner’s nightmare. When in doubt, consult Lutgen Companies, your trusted exterior expert. Our team specializes in roofing, windows, gutters, siding, decks, doors, and insulation services tailored to Minnesota’s cold climate. Winterize your home with confidence and enjoy a cozy, leak-free season.