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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Prevent Ice Dams from Forming in Your Gutters

It’s freezing out there – literally! Temperatures here in Connecticut have begun to dip below 32 degrees, meaning that your home’s gutters could be at risk for ice dams. According to This Old House, “Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house.” This is obviously not something you want for your home!

 

With that said, here’s how to prevent ice dams from forming in your gutters:

Control heat loss. When heat escapes through your roof, it melts any snow that may be present, thereby leading to ice dams in your gutters. Make sure that your attic is properly insulated and is equipped with ventilation. This will ensure that the temperature of your roof matches that of the outdoors. Learn about Superior Windowland’s spray foam insulation here.

Invest in deicing cables. HouseLogic.com recommends installing electrically-heated deicing cables along your roof’s eave lines. Doing so will help stymie the freezing process. However, some argue that the heat cables aren’t worth the cost.

Remove ice dams as they form. If your gutters are already inflicted with ice dams, you’re likely looking for a quick fix. Using a roof rake, pointing a box fan at the roof, and applying a calcium chloride ice melter are some of the most common practices of ice dam removal.

If your roof suffers damage this winter due to snow, ice, wind or anything else, don’t hesitate to call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770. Our crew of roofing contractors is highly trained in both repairs and installation. We do everything we can to make sure your roof stands up to the most extreme climates, such as snow storms and hurricanes.

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