How Ice Impacts Your Gutters and How to Protect Them
Every winter, when the temperatures drop and cold weather rolls in, we get questions from homeowners about how to protect their gutter systems from winter weather and ice.
Questions like “What will the winter weather do to my gutters?” and “Can my gutter system survive an ice storm?” are not unusual to hear as December approaches.
The fact is, ice does indeed impact your gutters if you aren’t prepared. The good news? There are steps you can take to mitigate and prevent the damage.
Let’s take a look at how ice can damage your gutters and how you can protect them with some preventative maintenance.
Ice Can Result in Downspout Blockages
With each new round of winter precipitation (and the freeze that usually follows), more ice builds up in your downspouts. This ice buildup causes clogs. When this happens, your downspouts can’t do what they were designed for – to help get water off of your roof and away from your home. When ice blockages build up, it can damage or even ruin your gutter system.
Blockages Can Cause Ice Dams to Form
When your gutters and downspouts build up ice (causing blockages), ice dams can eventually form. Ice dams are essentially big slabs of ice that form along your roofline. When these slabs melt, water can leak under your roofline, which can cause your shingles to peel. Ice dams are also known to form in gutter systems.
Icicles – Great for the Gram, Not for Your Gutters
Icicles look great in your winter photos on Instagram, but they can be quite harmful to your gutter system. When icicles form, they often hang off your gutters, pulling them away from your home. Icicles that hang for extended periods can lead to your gutters working improperly and can even damage your home.
How to Prevent Ice Damage This Winter
Clean Your Gutters
While there are still a few beautiful fall days left in 2020, it’s important that you prepare for winter weather by cleaning your gutters. Remove clogs and blow away any remaining leaves. This prep work will go a long way in helping to prevent serious clogs and ice damage. You don’t want to be climbing up on the roof in 30-degree weather!
While you’re cleaning out the clogs in your gutter system, you might as well go ahead and remove any limbs that are hanging close to your roof or gutters. When ice collects on these branches, they can snap and damage your roof and gutters. A little prep work today will go a long way when winter comes!
You read that right – yes, there are heating devices that you can buy to help prevent ice damage on your roof. While this route may not make sense for most of America, if you live in an area with extreme winters, this solution could be very beneficial.
Gutter Installation and Maintenance Done Right
Preventative maintenance in the fall can pay dividends when winter weather comes around. With that said, it’s not always feasible for homeowners to climb up on their roof or even make the time to start removing clogs. Some homeowners have gutters in such disrepair that they say “screw it” and don’t worry about ice damage.
That’s where Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI can help – with a team of hardworking gutter technicians, we have the passion and the experience to take care of all of your gutter installation and maintenance needs. From simple quotes to large-scale gutter installation jobs, we’ve got you covered.