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How to Prevent Winter Gutter Threats for Gutter Longevity

How to Prevent Winter Gutter Threats for Gutter Longevity

It’s one of the worst autumn chores – cleaning the gutters – but it’s incredibly important for you and your home, especially in the cold winter months. Maintaining clean gutters allows water to flow freely away from your home and prevents potentially dangerous ice dams from forming on your roof, among other benefits. There are several common threats to your gutters in the winter months, so let’s take a closer look at four of the most common issues and why they can be problems for you and your gutters.

Ice on the RoofIce Dams

This loops back to making sure your gutters are clean and clear of debris. Clogged gutters can allow water to sit and freeze instead of drain, leading to large chunks of ice that form and freeze in your gutters. Sometimes, if they are heavy enough or layered from the accumulation of multiple snowstorms, this extra ice weight can cause gutters to snap off the house entirely or allow backed up water to freeze under shingles and cause damage to the roof.

Icicles

Similar to ice dams, blockages in gutters can allow water to flow through the next accessible route – down over the edge of the roof. In the cold of winter, this can lead to large icicles forming, some of which can become quite large. This causes two concerns for homeowners. First, there is the weight issue just the same as with ice dams, but in the case of icicles, they can become serious hazards that could drop unexpectedly and cause injury or even death!

Bursting Downspouts

The open portion of the gutter along your roof edge is easy to see and clean, but sometimes debris can flow into the downspouts and create an unseen blockage. During the winter season, this blockage can slow water as it begins to freeze, allowing the drainage to become completely obstructed and allowing water – and ice – to back up in the entire downspout. Since water expands as it freezes, a backlog of water can cause your downspouts to crack and burst, diminishing the capabilities of your roof drainage and leading to more problems in the springtime.

Excessive Snow Loads

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, it’s important to find a way to clear your gutters out regularly. Gutters cannot hold the weight of a heavy, wet snowfall – especially if ice has begun to form as well. If you can, brush out the snow in your gutters to help relieve the strain and stress. This can help keep your gutters in good condition all throughout the winter and into the warmer months ahead.

Alaska Premier Gutters offers gutter installation, repair and cleaning services in Anchorage and the surrounding areas of Alaska. Whether you need gutter cleaning, repair work or a new system designed and installed, give Alaska Premier Gutters a call at 907-272-2337 to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

The Benefits of Professional Gutter Cleaning Services

The Benefits of Professional Gutter Cleaning Services

While you may not think about your gutters often, they are essential in protecting your home from water damage. If they’re not cleaned regularly, they can become far less effective, which can lead to issues for your roof and foundation. Experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice per year. If you’re not experienced in… Continue Reading

Maintaining Your Gutters Throughout the Summer

Maintaining Your Gutters Throughout the Summer

It’s recommended that you clean out your gutters at least twice per year during the Fall and Spring seasons. Throughout the other seasons, it’s also beneficial to maintain your gutters and make sure that you’re not experiencing any clogging or other damages to your gutters. Keeping an eye on the overall function of the gutters… Continue Reading

Do-It-Yourself Gutter Installation

Do-It-Yourself Gutter Installation

Installing new gutters on your home or business can be real pain to deal with. Many people tend to call a professional gutter installation company like us to have new gutters installed, but there are also people who would like to challenge themselves to do their own home chores and updates. If you’re looking to… Continue Reading

4 Signs Telling You It’s Time for New Gutters

4 Signs Telling You It’s Time for New Gutters

As homeowners, we understand of the importance of home maintenance. We understand that we need to take care of repairs around our home. We don’t necessarily have to conduct the repairs ourselves, but we have to keep an eye out for possible issues. One of the biggest concerns is our gutters on our homes. Gutter… Continue Reading

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Winter is a tough season, between shoveling snow, warming your car for the day, and dressing in layers it can be difficult to manage all the maintenance this season requires. Winter is also especially tough on your home. In order to ensure that your home remains in its best condition throughout this season and going… Continue Reading

Common Gutter Issues for Fall and Winter

Common Gutter Issues for Fall and Winter

Maintaining clean gutters allows water to flow freely away from your home and prevents potentially dangerous ice dams from forming on your roof, among other benefits. There are several common threats to your gutters in the winter months. Here are the most common issues that could impact your gutters this fall and winter: Ice Dams… Continue Reading