Gutters are susceptible to ice damage during the Denver winter as the snow melts and refreezes. Water clogging and buildup can create dangerous conditions of falling ice projectiles. Beneath the build up and slush is a problem: structural damage.
Gutters are ambiguous until they're no longer doing their job. The cold winter locks you inside and you can only look onward as slush runs over the gutter edges. You curse yourself for not having done the yearly maintenance before the storms hit.
Got time? Here's what you'll do to avoid icy gutters before they're a problem.
Those living in colder climates can attest to the incredible snow and ice buildup that occurs every year. Winter can be an uphill struggle fighting ice dams and icicle formation. If you have found yourself with a miniature iceberg capping your home, it is time to remove the ice.
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.
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.