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Monday, November 7, 2016

Protecting Your Seamless Gutters From Ice Dams

Investing in seamless gutters is something that should not be taken lightly. That investment provides an added appeal to homes and should not be wasted. There are ways of ensuring unwanted problems do not occur and here is a look at how to prevent ice dams from damaging your seamless gutters.

Ice dams form because of heat loss in the attic. What happens is the heat escapes onto the roof and melts snow. That melting snow then drips down into the gutters and refreezes, forming what is known as ice dams. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions warns that these ice dams can cause a variety of problems, which include water leaks inside the home, many of which can bring a fair amount of damage to the foundation.

The ice dams can also get very heavy and even pull down entire gutters. That could ruin a homeowner’s investment in seamless gutters and tack on the cost of replacement gutters. Ice dams also present the possibility of dangerous pieces of jagged ice falling on anyone walking underneath. When the ice drips downward, it can create slippery walking conditions below.

The best way to prevent ice dams is to ensure that your home’s attic is properly ventilated. The temperature in your attic is important and that can often be a direct cause of ice dams. Fitting your attic with proper ventilation can also help out with your home’s energy efficiency. Adding insulation beneath the roof deck will also help control those temperatures. A roofing contractor can help you determine the best remedy for your roof and gutters.

Another way to prevent ice dams is to remove snow from the roof after a snowfall. Purchasing a long broom with an extended handle will allow homeowners to clear the snow without having to actually get up on the roof. However, be wary of roofs that are too high as that could present a danger. If there ever is an occasion to climb on the roof, take the necessary precautions, or just call on a professional.

It is also important to not use rock salt when attempting to melt any ice dams. This can have a negative effect on paint and the salt water can kill plant life down below.

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions is ready to install seamless gutters in Charlotte, NC homes of all kind. Also providing service for seamless gutters in Rock Hill, SC, Palmetto Outdoor Solutions relies on a team with years of experience that provides top-notch workmanship when it comes to roofing, siding and more.