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Almost all gutter guards reviews talk about how big a problem clogged gutters can be. Most of the time, the cause of these clogging issues are dirt and debris like fallen leaves or branches from nearby trees. During winter, however, you face a much more serious problem: ice.

Ice and snow can cause all sorts of issues to both your roof and your gutters. Let our experts at ABC Seamless Siding explain how ice can affect your roofing system and then suggest solutions to help you mitigate or avoid these types of problems.

The Problems Caused by Ice

While ice is definitely less dense than water, it can still fully stop the flow inside your gutters. This means your gutter now has to deal with the weight of both the ice and the pooled water. Often, this increase in weight can be enough to loosen or even dislodge the fasteners and brackets that hold the gutter up, which eventually leads to sagging or collapse of either the whole gutter system or a section of it.

Ice Dams

It’s not uncommon for snow to melt from the heat of your roof. Normally, the runoff from melted snow flows into your gutter and downspouts. However, when this runoff cannot drain properly, they accumulate in the troughs and refreeze, forming what is known as an ice dam. Ice dams can lead to water-damaged and leaky roofs, making them one of the most dangerous problems any homeowner can face during winter.

Fixing Gutter Problems in Winter

Thankfully, many gutter guards reviews actually praise Helmet Heat® as an effective way to remove any blockages caused by ice. Helmet Heat melts away any ice that has formed inside the troughs, keeping it free of any clogging and allowing water to flow freely. Combine Helmet Heat with a gutter protection device like Gutter Helmet® and you’ll have an effective way to keep your gutters in great shape all year long.

At ABC Seamless Siding, we are your leading provider of Gutter Helmet and Helmet Heat systems. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Anchorage, Alaska and other nearby areas.

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