Keeping your mind off your gutter system doesn’t solve any problems. If you see that your gutters are filled with debris, have us clean them! If you see that your gutters are leaking, call us. If you see that your gutters are old/outdated, give us a call for a free estimate!
Frozen Spears and Christmas Cheers, Keep your Gutters Clear!
Once again winter is upon us! While we all take time to admire the changing of the season we may not notice the danger forming right over our heads. Icicles. These icicles could come loose at any moment and come crashing down. Frozen spears have no regard for those below. Not only can these icicles fall and injure anyone below they can also tear off your gutter! Ice accumulation will increase your chances of your gutters being pulled away or even torn from the home due to the added weight. So what does this term winterizing your gutters mean? Well we will discuss briefly some things that you can do to help prevent those beautifully dangerous icicles from forming on your gutters. Before you invite your family and friends over for the holidays make sure to winterize your gutters.
How the Icicles Form
We need to understand what causes these icicles to form in order to prevent it. The icicle formation is a result of ice damming. As snow accumulates on your roof it will build up with the natural slope of your roof. Heat rises in your home and escapes through your roof it will melt the snow that is closest to the top of the roof. As the snow melts it will run down the roof freezing as it reaches the edge of the roof due to the temperature being reduced to freezing by the accumulated snow. Ice will begin layering under the snow. Thus a barrier known as an ice dam will form. This ice dam is where the icicles come in. Progression of this process will cause accumulation of ice according to the natural slope, towards the gutters. Eventually forming icicles.
We are all familiar with that slightly uncomfortable feeling of walking under these frozen fingers of death. With no way to be certain if they will or will not fall we are left with a few options. We can play a winter version of Russian roulette every time we are going in or out of our home or, we can winterize our gutters. Here are some quick tips to help you winterize your gutters for the winter!
Keeping the Long Frozen Fingers of Death at Bay
Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris. If the gutters can not drain water that is running down the roof edge then the water will inevitably freeze in your gutters. Adding weight and wear. Simply clean your gutters! It is often the simple solutions we tend to overlook. With our gutters free of debris the water can be drained away from your home. This will help prevent accumulation of ice. Hopefully we have been keeping our underground drain lines clean!
- Make sure your attic is properly insulated. Don’t forget the air sealing! This will help keep the precious heat we are paying for in our homes! Not only will this reduce your heating bill it will also minimize the snow being melted on the roof. Less snow being melted into water is less water being frozen on your roof edge.
- You can always install a heat cable in your gutters. These heat cables are electric powered and will keep the temperature in your gutters and downspouts above freezing. We would hate to burn our friend Jack Frost but, he started it.
Our last tip would be to explore attic ventilation. At times the heat sources can travel through the attic itself. With no way to relocate these heat sources we are left with limited options. We recommend looking into attic ventilation. Allowing excess hot air that is accumulating in the attic to escape will prevent your roof from being caught in a fierce battle of hot and cold!
Recently, we did a segment on ABC 6 News about the importance of gutter cleaning, especially in fall months. The reason it ensuring your gutters are free and clear of debris before winter is because you want to ensure water can flow effortlessly through your gutters and downspouts. Any obstructions could cause the melting water to freeze within your gutter system and ultimately create an ice dam. Ice dams can be extremely damaging to the roof of your home, and can be very dangerous. We have fall gutter cleaning specials currently active, to ensure that each and every homeowner is protected this winter.
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As a full service gutter company we do gutter cleaning and repair as well. This type of service is completed during a service call out to your home. As part of a gutter service call, we will clean debris from your gutters and give your entire gutter / downspout system a “tune-up”. This means we will spend up to two man hours cleaning, tightening loose fasteners, adding fasteners, re-pitching gutter, refastening downspouts, re-sealing corners, and making other adjustments on an as needed basis. If two man hours is not enough time to complete gutter cleaning and repair on your entire home than additional time will be charged per man hour.
For gutter replacement columbus, here are several different profiles and sizes of 1/2 round gutter. They are commonly made of galvanized steel, copper, or reverse bead seamless aluminum. The most common profile of 1/2 round gutter is a single bead across the front of the gutter and a double bead version with a bead in the front and back of the gutter is available.
There are many different hangers and bracket systems available to hang and support 1/2 round gutter. Typical sizes range from 5″ gutter with fluted or smooth round downspouts to 8″ with 5″ round downspouts. Due to the profile of the gutter and it’s limited capacity we recommend no smaller than 6″ be installed in the central Ohio – Columbus Ohio area. When installing copper or galvanized 1/2 round gutter we solder the seams and joints to provide decades of leak free service.
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