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The Dangers of Ice Dams on Roofing Systems

Ice Dams on Roofing Systems

While winter landscapes can certainly be beautiful, they can also be a nightmare for gutter maintenance. Seamless gutters perform better than their traditional sectional counterparts, but even the most well-kept seamless gutters can still fall victim to snow and ice dam problems.

Ice Dams on Roofing Systems

As your home’s heating melts the snow on your roof, the runoff flows into your gutters and downspouts where it is directed to a proper drainage site. Unfortunately, when the gutters are blocked, the water pools inside the troughs where it refreezes, forming what is known as an ice dam. Here are a few tips from our experts at Advantage Seamless on how to avoid ice dam problems in your home.

Seasonal Cleaning

A little preparation goes a long way in terms of gutter cleaning. Before the season begins, contact your local gutter contractors for a thorough clean-up of your gutters and downspouts. If your home is surrounded by nearby trees, falling leaves from the last season can often end up causing obstructions in your gutters. 

Snow Removal

You can also contact your local gutter professionals and have snow properly removed from your roof. This is best done particularly after a day of heavy snowfall. Removing the snow preemptively also relieves your roof of the added weight, which further protects it from any type of problems. Combine this with a timely cleanup, and it will be extremely unlikely that you’ll face ice dam problems this winter.

Heated Gutters

Talk to your gutter contractors about using heating cables in your roofing system to help melt any ice dams that may have formed over time. Heating cables are safe to use in metal roofs and non-combustible shingle roofs.

Keep your home safe from dangerous ice dams with the help of our professionals at Advantage Seamless. Give us a call at 218.558.0575 or fill out our contact form to book a cleaning appointment and request a free estimate on seamless gutters and gutter replacements today. We serve homeowners in Baxter and other nearby MN communities.