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Why To Replace Your Old Gutters Before The Winter Worsens

Category: Gutters

gutter-replacementAs winter really starts to pick up in the coming months, it is going to become more and more important to make sure that your home’s gutters are prepared for what’s coming. Taking the time now, before we truly get into the heart of winter, to make sure that your home’s gutters are in the kind of condition they need to be in order to ride out the season is incredibly important for the overall function and safety of your home, and if your home’s gutters are cracked, broken, or otherwise in need of repair or replacement, you could be setting yourself up for disaster in the coming season. While it might not seem like an ideal time of year to do so, having your gutters replaced before we get further into winter and the snows start to come down more often and in larger quantities might be something worth considering. If you are still on the fence about whether or not now is the right time to replace your old or damaged gutters, we invite you to read through this short article our team of professionals has put together that might help to highlight why this is something worth your consideration.

Prevent Formation Of Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a real nightmare to deal with, and they are one aspect of winter that many homeowners all over the country have come to fear and respect. Ice dams can spell serious trouble for your roof when they begin to form, and if left untreated, they can cause a variety of serious problems, including a roof collapse. Ice dams are formed as snow that has piled up on your roof begins to melt and enters your gutters. While your gutters are supposed to channel this meltwater down off of your roof and away from your home, if your gutters are clogged, damaged, or just otherwise incapable of removing the water fast enough, it can freeze in your gutters, and you will have an ice dam on your hands. When an ice dam forms, your gutters will be incapable of channeling any water down from your roof, and as a result, the ice dam will generally start to grow as the melting water has nowhere to go before freezing again, putting more and more strain on your roof as it does. If your gutters aren’t channeling water off of your roof effectively because they have become damaged over the years, now is the time to have them replaced with something new so you don’t wind up with serious roofing issues as we get further and further into the winter.

Keep Winter Weight To A Minimum

We aren’t the only ones that have to worry about packing on a couple pounds during the holiday season. Your gutters have their work cut out for them during the winter months as they tend to struggle sometimes to bear all of the extra weight put on them by ice and snow. If your gutters are older, damaged, or just don’t drain properly anymore, all of that ice and snow tends to stay up on your roof, where it doesn’t belong, or it can start to overflow from your gutters, causing the formation of dangerous icicles. Over time, all of this additional weight can become more than your old gutters can bear, and if it becomes too much, your gutters can actually tear away from your home, causing a great deal of damage to your roof in the process. Taking the time to have your old or damaged gutters replaced now, before the winter weather gets any worse will help to ensure the snow and ice of the coming months is able to safely find its way off of your roof, helping to control the amount of extra weight on your roof and in your gutters, and helping to prevent any damage.

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