Even the most well-maintained home can still fall victim to the dangers of winter. The extreme cold and formation of ice and snow are particularly harmful to your gutters. Damaged or clogged gutters might seem small compared to other parts of your home affected by the season, but these types of problems can easily extend to your roof, your siding, and your foundations.
This season, it’s important to keep an eye out for your gutters to prevent any potential issues that might put the rest of your home in jeopardy. Here are a few tips from our experts at Homecraft Inc. on how to ensure your gutters survive the cold months in good condition.
Ice dams form when your home’s heating system partially melts the snow on your roof. This melted snow flows down the roof panels and refreezes, forming a sort of “dam” that traps moisture on your roof. You can lessen the chances of ice dams from building up with Helmet Heat® gutter protection system. Helmet Heat reduces ice dam formation by allowing melted snow to flow freely in your gutters even during particularly cold days.
Clean Your Gutters Regularly
The fall season is notorious for depositing large amounts of foliage into your gutter system, causing clogs and various other problems. Have a professional come to clear out debris from the troughs and downspouts before the season changes to prevent any issues when the snow days arrive.
Switch to Seamless
Ice forms easily in areas where the crystals can “latch” on to. These are called nucleation sites and the welded joints of traditional gutters make for ideal conditions for icing up. Consider switching to seamless gutters this year to further reduce the amount of ice that can form inside your gutters and downspouts.
Keep your gutters, your roof and your home in good shape this season with help from our professionals at Homecraft Inc. Call us today at (302) 798-0302 to schedule a maintenance visit or request a free estimate on seamless gutters and Helmet Heat today. We serve homeowners in Wilmington, Hockessin, and Bear, DE.