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What to Do if Your Gutters Freeze This Winter

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In the harsh winters of Colorado, you may face the troublesome issue of frozen gutters. When gutters freeze, they clog and hinder the flow of melting snow and ice away from your home. This is not just a minor inconvenience—it’s a serious problem that demands attention to prevent substantial damage to your property. Read on as Bone Dry Roofing – West explains how to handle frozen gutters this winter.

Gutters Freeze This Winter

The Potential Damage Caused by Frozen Gutters

Frozen gutters can lead to several potential hazards. The most common is the formation of ice dams—ridges of ice that prevent melting snow from draining off your roof. Water trapped behind these dams can seep under shingles, leading to leaks, mold, and water damage inside your home. Furthermore, the weight of ice can strain gutters and downspouts, leading to structural damage or causing them to break off entirely. In extreme cases, the weight of ice dams can even cause the roof to sag or collapse.

Immediate Response to Freezing Gutters

If your gutters freeze, it’s crucial to act promptly to minimize damage. One effective method is using a heat cable designed for gutters, which gently warms the ice and promotes melting. Alternatively, warm water can be applied to the ice, although this should be done with caution to avoid injury or damage to the gutters. Be sure to avoid using sharp tools to chip away at the ice, as this can easily damage the gutters and roof.

How to Keep Gutters Flowing All Winter

Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to frozen gutters. Regular gutter cleaning is the first step, ensuring that water can flow freely. Proper home insulation, particularly in the attic, can prevent heat from escaping through the roof and melting snow unevenly, which contributes to ice dam formation. Additionally, installing heated gutter cables can actively prevent freezing, as they maintain a temperature that prevents ice from forming.

When to Call in the Experts

In cases where gutters persistently freeze despite your best efforts, it may be time to call in the experts. Persistent freezing can indicate more serious issues, such as poor insulation or an inadequate gutter slope. A team of professionals can assess the situation, identify underlying problems, and provide effective, long-term solutions.

Count on Us for Your Roofing Needs

At Bone Dry Roofing – West, we understand the challenges Colorado winters can present to homeowners. With our extensive experience and commitment to quality, we’re ready to help you navigate these challenges, whether it’s thawing frozen gutters or preventing them from freezing in the first place. Remember, your home is an investment, which is why it is important for you to protect it with the best in the business. With our customer-centric approach, we’re here to ensure your home weathers the winter safely and effectively. For a consultation, call (970) 364-7996, or visit our contact page.

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