During the winter months, dropping temperatures and increasing precipitation can wreak havoc on roofs, siding and foundations. Because of the harsh conditions that exist during the winter months, gutter problems are far more common during this time of year. Even minor gutter problems can cause extensive damage to homes, so it’s important to minimize the risks of gutter damage as much as possible.
If you’re wondering how winter weather affects your gutters, keep reading to learn more.
Winter gutter problems to look out for
Gutters are essential when it comes to protecting homes from the elements, and gutter problems can cause serious issues for homeowners. When gutters aren’t working effectively, it can cause siding damage, roof damage and even foundation damage.
Here are some common winter gutter problems to look out for as the seasons change:
- Ice accumulation: One of the most common—and most serious—gutter problems that comes up during the winter months is ice accumulation. During the fall, leaves and other debris build up in gutters and block water flow. Once winter rolls around, these obstructions cause ice and snow to accumulate in gutters and weigh them down. The best way to avoid ice accumulation is to keep gutters free of leaves and debris with regular cleaning.
- Downspout clogs: Gutter systems are designed to divert water off of the roof and through downspouts which direct the water away from a home. When those downspouts become clogged, water overflows, and it can’t be directed effectively. As a result, water might roll down siding and seep into the ground around a home’s foundation, eventually causing erosion and even foundation cracks. To prevent downspout clogs—and all the issues that come with them—make sure to clean your gutters and remove debris and leaves before the winter months.
- Icicle development: Another problem that can be caused by damaged gutters is increased icicle development. When gutters aren’t working effectively, water and ice accumulate in gutters. When temperatures dip below freezing, the overflowing water coming from clogged gutters causes icicles to develop. Icicles add weight to gutters which causes undue strain on gutter systems and leads to gutter sagging and other types of damage.
- Roof leaks: Roof leaks can cause extensive water damage that is difficult to repair. Unfortunately, roof leaks can happen as a result of faulty gutters. When water can’t flow freely through gutters, it increases the likelihood that rook leaks will develop. Investing in gutter maintenance, repair and replacement can extend the lifespan of roofs and keep them in better condition for longer.
How winter weather affects your gutters
If you’re looking for help dealing with winter gutter problems or you’re thinking about replacing your gutters, look no further than L & S Seamless Guttering. We are a premier gutter contractor with decades of experience providing comprehensive gutter services, including gutter repairs and replacement.
Whether you are looking for help addressing some minor gutter problems or you’re interested in getting a quote for a new gutter system, reach out to our team today.
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