Ice Dams & Gutters
When you think of ice damming, your mind might instantly go to images of large frozen icicles cascading down the side of a house or clinging in a frozen mass to the edges of roofs and buildings. This is a definite issue for many homeowners in the Boston area. Our cold winters and large snow falls can create many ice damming issues.
Ice damming problems are commonly thought to be caused by gutters since they form on the edge of your home. This is, however, untrue. Ice damming actually occurs much farther up the roof, and is in fact a problem caused by a home’s inability to withhold it’s own heat from the outside. This can be due to ventilation issues, HVAC systems, or out of date, damaged & insufficient attic insulation. Additional heat loss can occur through improper ventilation of even bathroom and kitchen fans. When heat escapes from your home through the roof (because heat always rises), it causes the snow on your roof to melt.
As snow melts it moves down your roof, and away from the heat source, once it gets 6 – 12″ from the roof edge it will starts to freeze again. This creates ice formations on the edges of your roof that can build up and form around your gutters. When this occurs, it can create immense damage for your home. The freezing water expands in small crevices and can create openings that were not there previously. When spring melts occur, this water thaws, and ventures through to your attic, insulation, and walls.
Seeping water in your attic creates a problem for your insulation and can reduce it’s ability to keep your home warm. This reduction in R-value (heat retention) can persist if the insulation has become condensed even after it has dried.
There are ways to minimize/prevent melted ice/snow from backing up under shingles and causing damage to soffits, exteriors, and other areas of your building, your roof should have an ice and water shield membrane under shingles which extend 3 to 4 feet around the complete roof perimeter. Roof membranes protect the roof deck as well as portions of the fascia board to provide a watertight seal.
Ice dams can be an issue for standard gutters because they are not built to withstand this amount of weight, and can lead to traditional breaking, bending, or falling off the house.
LeafGuard Gutters Are Different!
- LeafGuard gutters are fastened every 2 feet where the average gutter system is fastened every 3 to 5 feet. This added step allows them to withstand much more weight from snow and ice in order to handle harsher winters.
- Our crew can also apply optional heat cables to the back edge of your LeafGuard gutter system in order to minimize forming of ice dams. Even with the cable system icicles can form on the nose of the LeafGuard gutter system.
Ice will not harm your LeafGuard gutters thanks to our tough patented bracketing system. Our no pull-away, no fall-off warranty guarantees that your gutters will stay attached to your home- if not, we will repair or replace at no charge.