Gutters are one of the most overlooked aspects of the home. Homeowners disregard their presence, perhaps only cleaning them once in the fall and spring, or repairing them when they are damaged.
In areas susceptible to heavy snow and harsh winters, gutters face significant challenges that need to be addressed proactively. Colorado regularly experiences harsh winter weather that can wreak havoc on gutters. Ice dams easily build in gutters as layers of precipitation freeze on top of one another, blocking water drainage until it melts. Icicles often form underneath gutters, posing a danger for those walking underneath. When spring arrives, the melting slush on the roof can cause water damage in the upstairs of your house and the gutters themselves may collapse under the ice’s heavy weight.
Colorado Seamless Gutters has served Denver and its surrounding areas for over twenty years. In that time, we’ve seen gutters clogged or dirtied with almost any substance one could imagine. We know gutter cleaning can be a messy, dangerous job, but someone has to do it, and more often than not, that someone is you. If you’ve been struggling with dirty or clogged gutters containing the same detritus every winter, read on. We’re going to cover a few of the items guiltiest of messing up your gutters.
Having properly working gutters can make a world of difference in protecting a home, and most people don’t appreciate this as much as they should. In fact, many people only think about their gutters when they aren’t working. Gutters are susceptible to a number of problems, and can be damaged if not maintained properly. The following is a list of some of the most common gutter problems, as well as some simple methods of fixing or preventing them.
Most homes have gutters, and most homeowners generally trust that their gutters will do the job they were designed to do. They may clean their gutters out a few times a year, scraping out the pine straw and leaves that build up to allow the water to flow freely, but that is usually the extent of their maintenance. During the cold Colorado winters, it is especially important to make sure the gutters are cleaned out. This isn’t just because so many leaves fall during autumn and early winter, but also because of the freezing temperatures that seem to sneak in overnight. When the water can’t run freely off the roof and down the drainpipes because of leaves and other debris clogging the gutters, it may freeze and get stuck, weighing down the gutters and causing damage.
Over time, if a buildup of snow and ice is stuck in the gutters by collected debris, the weight may be too much for the gutters to handle. This can sometimes result in the gutters being pulled from the roof. More commonly, they simply bend or crack in between two connection points, and a portion of the gutter must be replaced. However, far more dangerous to your home than a gutter splitting in two is the danger of ice dams.