Winter is officially here along with snow, cold temperatures, and cozy nights in. However, the frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on different parts of your home--including your gutters. These temperatures, snow and ice can damage your homes gutters so drainage is impeded and causes multiple problems in and around your home.
Want to learn more? Keep reading to learn about common winter damage to gutters and how to spot them.
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.