Gutters and gutter guards in winter: Three things you need to know
While gutter guards and gutters aren’t something the average homeowner thinks about in the winter, it’s a good idea to pay a little attention to these small-but-mighty parts to your home. Gutters and gutter guards in winter can make a big difference in keeping your home safe, warm and dry.
While gutters and gutter guards get all the glory in the spring (when water is flowing through due to April showers) or fall (when leaves are falling), in winter, they are pretty important too.
After all, winter usually features some precipitation in the form of snow, sleet or rain and all that water has to go somewhere. And no one wants it to go in or around their home, right? Right. While they are designed to keep water and debris away from your home, they do play an important role in the winter. Read on:
If your gutters and gutter guards are metal, chances are they will freeze this winter. You could see icicles or ice dams. Icicles are normal – ice dams are not.
If you have properly installed them, they will be set so snow and ice melts off in a certain way – preventing ice buildup. Gutter guards help prevent ice dams by preventing debris from backing up in your gutters – meaning water can flow freely and not freeze up.
If you have properly installed gutter guards, you might want to consider installing a heating element on them to melt snow and ice. A qualified contractor can help with this. It’s always best to consult a professional if you have doubts about doing a job yourself. We can advise you about what’s best.
Feazel Inc. knows gutter guards
If you have questions about how to keep your home in tip top shape this winter, the experts at Feazel can help!