The icicles forming on the edge of your roof may be a sight to behold, but they can cause major damage to the entire structure, including your gutters. Cracking and warping may occur due to the immense pressure brought about by the expansion of water as it freezes. Gutters may also pull away from their attachments due to the weight of the ice formations.
This winter, take steps to prevent your gutter system from freezing. Allstar Construction, one of the top local home exterior renovation companies, provides some effective tips on doing so.
1. Ensure Proper Sloping
Gutters must be properly sloped so that water gets drained to the downspouts and away from your home. Water may sit on gutter sections that are too flat, which is bad news when left overnight in the freezing outdoor conditions.
2. Keep Gutters Clean
Roofing contractors cannot stress this enough. Before harsh weather rolls in, make sure to clean your gutter system by removing any leaves that have fallen from nearby trees and other debris. This way, you ensure proper drainage in your gutters, lessening the chances of ice formation. Investing in leaf and debris protection systems can also help keep your gutters without going up the roof.
3. Add Rock Salt
You may have tried putting rock salt on your walkways to melt ice. This trick can be done on your gutters, as well. If you see some small icicles forming on your gutters, just sprinkle some salt on them.
4. Remove Snow From Your Roof
Keeping your gutters from clogging and freezing may be difficult due to heavy snowfall. Clear snow from your roof by using a roof rake as soon as you can. Apart from preventing freezing gutters, snow removal minimizes the stress on your roof due to heavy loads.
Protect your home from water damage through the gutter services of Allstar Construction. Our pros can install a wide variety of gutter styles, materials and systems. This winter, you can rely on us to perform snow and ice dam removal to preserve the structural integrity and performance of your roofing system.