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  • Do Your Gutters Look Like This One?

    [caption id="attachment_5848" align="alignleft" width="325"]Problems Preventing Ice & Snow Problems To Your Gutters[/caption]

    The snow has stopped, and the cold air is here (again). This means that ice will be building up on your gutters (like this one). Want those big ice chunks removed? Call us and we'll put you on our ice removal list.

    For Houses located in Snow Zone areas special precautions should be taken to reduce the possibility of roofing failure and water damage do to Ice Dams.

    Ice Dams occur when snow located on a roof melts and then turns back to ice as it enters the gutter system. Once the gutter is filled the ice will start to push up and get under the first layer of shingles along the edge of the roof.

    Although it is difficult to totally eliminate the formation of ice in your gutters there are steps you can take to prevent and reduce the effects of ice dams.

    When houses are shingled the roofers should always install a ice and water membrane. The membrane will not prevent ice in the gutters but it will provide protection from water entering the house.

    Ice and water membrane (shown in red) is a rubberized asphalt material that comes in a 3 foot width rolls and is applied to the bottom edges of the roof. In areas with harsh winters two layers of this material can be applied for about a 5 foot protection with a 1 foot overlap. Membrane can also be used in valleys of the roof and other areas to prevent water damage from icing.

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