Home » Posts tagged "ice" (Page 2)

Tag Archives: ice

What Causes Icicles On Gutters?


Post Image

What Causes Icicles On Gutters? What Causes Icicles On Gutters? This is a question that is often asked when you see them on your roof-line. After a big snowstorm, the snow that remains on your roof (because of the temperature and slope) will start to slowly melt and then it refreeze into icicles. Icicles caused by many different reasons: inadequate insulation house air leakage into from the attic through thermal bypasses improper house ventilation Icicles influenced by the structure of the house, weather conditions, and the color of your roof.  If you have an older home, it’s important to keep your insulation and ventilation up to date. Ways to reduce the chances of bad icicles and ice dams is by proper air sealing around your roof-line and attic, high levels of insulation, and adequate ventilation in your home. You can also have a roof rake to rake large amounts of snow off of your roof. If you already have ice dams and icicles on your roof then there isn’t too much you can do. DO NOT try and remove the icicles by chipping away at them. It’s a hazard to both your roof and gutters not to mention if they fall the could damage something on the way down. Plus it’s not safe to be chipping on top of a ladder. What you can do to reduce the ice dam on your roof is using a melt sock. To learn more about raking snow and snow melting , we have a post that sets out the pros and cons of each method. If your roof or gutters are damaged by the stress of snow and icicles, please give a professional (like Gutters & Guards,Inc ) a call and we’ll be happy to help you get your roof and gutters back into working order. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutter s& Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fall Home Maintenance To Do List


Post Image

Fall Home Maintenance To Do List Winter is approaching at super speed and your fall home maintenance to do list has slipped through the cracks. View our list and get all of the important tasks taken care of! Check foundation for cracks & caulk around areas where masonry meets the siding where pipes/wires/vents enter the home and around windows/doors. Look for blistering or peeling. This indicates that the existing paint film is failing. No longer protect the siding of the building. If left the siding will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs. Look at your shingles to see if they are curling or cracking. This indicates that your shingles is at the end of it’s life-cycle. Your roof will be more susceptible to leaks especially when snow is sitting on it for a few days. Clean your gutters! We cannot stress this enough. It is so important to clean out your gutters and downspouts before winter hits to prevent clogs from making a mess of your home. If you are short on time, hire a professional (such as Gutters & Guards) who can take care of it for your before it’s too late and you’re paying more to get home repairs. Weatherstrip your garage to keep cold air from leaking and small animals going in. Inspect your driveway & walkways for cracks. Repair it before winter hits and it only gets worse.  For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fast Fact #18 – Gap Between Shingle And Roof


Post Image

Gap Between Shingle & Roof gap between shingle and roof. Standing water can cause a whole lot of problems to your home. Especially when it freeze when the weather gets cold.  If your gutters have a lot of debris then that can cause a lot of problems when it comes to water being on your roof. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Spring Gutter Tips – 4 Tips For Getting Gutters Ready For Spring Snowmelt


Post Image

Spring Gutter Tips For Snowmelt. While the amount of snowmelt you experience will differ from year to year. Melting snow nevertheless always poses hazards to you and your home.  From falling ice that can damage your car to black ice that can form on the ground below your roof’s drip line. This can potentially cause  serious injuries. Snowmelt poses many dangers – even some that you may not even think about. We have some spring gutter tips. Gutters play an integral role in protecting you and your property from the hazards of snowmelt. Considering that a foot of snow on a 1,000-square-foot-roof will produce roughly 2,500 gallons of water. Since this water will likely be running off your roof over a period of several days, your gutters could be overwhelmed by a steady torrent of water that won’t relent until the warm springtime sun melts the last vestiges of winter off your roof. How to Prepare Your Roof Gutter System for Snowmelt Use roof gutters, leaders, and downspouts that will direct snowmelt and rain runoff. At least 10 feet away from the foundation of your home. Doing so will help prevent costly water damage in your basement and around your home’s walls. Use plastic or concrete dry wells to catch water running out of the end of your downspouts. This will help keep prevent copious amounts of water from pooling in your yard. Also it can  help prevent landscape erosion caused by water gushing out of your downspouts. If your roof doesn’t have gutters and you’re not in a financial position to have them installed before spring rolls around, consider installing an inexpensive water runoff collection system at the drip line under the eaves of your roof; a drip line runoff system can be built by laying perforated piping in a trench lined with plastic. Surround the pipe with stones or gravel and then cover the trench with landscaping. Install a gutter heat cable inside your roof gutters. These deicing cables plug into your home’s main electrical system and will prevent ice from forming along your gutters and drip line. While snow melting cables won’t stop snow from accumulating on your roof, it will help prevent the heavy accumulation of snowflakes and formation of gutter ice and icicles that can potentially damage your gutters. Before Old Man Winter Comes to Call… It is always a wise idea to check your roof gutters each winter before snow begins to melt so you can fix any issues that may prevent your gutter system from working properly when accumulations of snow on your roof begins yielding to balmier springtime temperatures.  Also, be sure to clear your roof gutters of leaves, seed pods, twigs, and any other debris that may have built up, ensuring that your gutter system can handle the deluge of water that will soon be trickling from your snow-capped rooftop. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fast Fact #11 – Ice Dam


Post Image

Ice Dam & Your Gutters Snow can wreck havoc on your home. Ice dam can back up melted snow water and it can seep underneath your shingles. If snow sits on your gutters, it can become too heavy and they can fall off, due to weight. To keep snow off your roof from melting and freezing at fast rates.A well insulted roof can prevent melting. This means warm air is not escaping it cause the snow to melt and refreeze. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Protecting Gutters From Ice & Winter


Post Image

Protecting your gutters from ice & water during the winter months can be important to prevent major damages from occurring those cold winter months. So you forgot to clean out your gutter while it was warmer.  Before we had any large amounts of snow.  All hope is not lost but it’s not going to be easy to make sure no damage happens to your home. Or your gutters are not ripped from your home. We’re here to help you do a little late winter gutter cleaning. Removing Debris & Ice is the first step. It’s not going to be easy but it is going to help save your gutters from further damage. Prevent it from damaging your home. Using ice melters or hot water or salt to melt the ice so you can get to the debris that originally clogged up your gutters.  Clean it all out.  Put the debris in a trash bag or trash can so you can properly dispose of it. To make sure your downspout are not clogged, run water through your gutters and watch how they drain.  If they don’t drain or seem like there might be a little bit of debris stuck in the downspout. To get debris out of your gutter using a pressure setting on the water hose will usually do the trick.  Do not use a pressure washer because that might cause damage to your gutters. All of the snow and ice during the winter melts and re-freezes and melts again. Springtime is usually too late to avoid damage from improperly functioning gutters and downspout.  If you live on a heavily wooded lot be sure tree branches do not overhang your roof.  Heavy snow can cause branches to break and damage your roof.  Consider the installation of a leaf protection system for your gutters.  Avoid clogged gutters that can contribute to water penetration at the foundation or at the roof. If you don’t have the time, or simply do not want to be outside in this weather, give us as call and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment to clean out your gutters. Or if you have a leak or your gutters have been detached from your home, it’s best to let the professional handle it because not only will we do it right, it’s less for you to worry about. For more information about our products or for a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Removing Ice From Gutters


Removing ice From gutters. The first few months of the new year brings us icy, wet weather that we usually do not want to get out in. If you see that your gutters are building up ice from the cold weather and almost constant rain then there are a few steps that you can take to protect your gutters life and from being damaged from heavy ice. Removing Ice From Gutters can be a difficult job and you should never climb on your roof when it’s icy. The first option – Roof Tablets There are a few different brands you can try such as Roof Melt or KMI. You use these by placing them on your roof and as it mixes with water it runs down creating channels for water to go down. Pros:  Very safe and creates channels for water to drain through. Cons:  They don’t land in place, which negates the whole safety thing— you still need a ladder.  Doesn’t remove the dam, just creates a bunch of holes in the dam.  Also not good for plants if you have flower beds underneath.   Option Two : Salt Sock This can work with both old socks and pantyhose (which are longer).  You can fill these with salts and tie them up.  Then place on your roof. Pros:  Pretty safe method. Cons:  Takes a seriously long time, but again salt isn’t the best for plants, so beware of where the water goes.   Option 3 – Roof Rakes   Roof Rakes are usually the preferred method because of the success rate of avoiding ice dams. After every heavy snowfall, you should use a roof rake to prevent ice dams from even building up. You can get one at any home improvement store. Option 4 – Heated Gutter Guards Another method that prevents ice dams from happening is Heated Gutter Guards.   Heated Gutter Guards are meant to melt the snow before it causes the build up.  This is a pricey method but it works great to keep the snow off of your roof and reduces the chance of the ice dam from happening. We offer this through Mastershield one of the best gutter guards suppliers on the market today. If you decide to try out any of the methods, make sure to use ladder safety to protect your and your home.  If you are unsure of your ladders safety or your ability to do the job, please hire a professional. For more information about protecting your gutters or for a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram        

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Gutter Check Up – Winter Gutter Maintenance


Post Image

Gutter Check Up – Winter Gutter Maintenance source Winter is almost half-way over and spring is fast approaching.  Now is the time to see how your home is holding up before the real nasty, cold weather comes in.  Since most homeowners are about to finally take down those lights and decorations that you worked so hard to get on your roof and gutters, it is prime time to check those gutters.  These are a few thing to check to make sure your gutters are in tip-top shape. • It may not be raining at the moment, but you can count on rain in the future. With all the wind we have had, check gutters to make sure they are clear of leaves or other debris. While you are up there, check to make sure support brackets are secure. • Do a test by spraying the garden hose at various points around your roof. Is water draining away at downspouts? Make sure it is not flowing behind the gutters. • If you have ridge vents, make sure these are free of debris. • Prevent Ice Dams – When water freezes along the lower edge of the roof, ice dams form. These ice dams can prevent water from properly draining off the roof, causing potentially costly roof leaks. To prevent this, install roof or soffit vents to assure proper attic ventilation. For more information about protecting your gutters or for a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Protecting Your Gutters From Heavy Snow And Ice – Heavy Snow On Roof


Post Image

With winter weather fast approaching, it’s important to know how to protect your gutters from heavy amounts of snow and/or ice. There are a few different approaches you can take to preventing this from happening. A Chisel, Screwdriver or Hammer Head: Used to chip away at the ice, this may be lead to more gutter strain causing the gutters to fall down, tearing the side of your house in the process.   A Roof-Rake: Used to “rake” or pull the snow downward which can cause you to rip shingles out of the roof.   Heated Gutter Guards: for homeowners looking for a permanent solution to keeping all or part of their gutters icicle free.  MasterShield also makes available heated mats and step pads if you just want to manage keeping an entrance safe and ice free. Other ways to prevent massive build up before hand is to: Securely Screw Gutters Into the Fascia Board Ensure Your Gutters are Clean  Firmly Fasten Shingles to Your Roof Be Cautious of Your Roof Collapsing Use Common Sense     For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutter & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram  

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What Causes Ice Dams?


Post Image

  What Causes Ice Dams?   source As a homeowner in a climate that is affected by cold weather, especially ice, we need to be aware of ice dams and how to prevent them. What causes Ice Dams?   Ice dams occur when snow gathers on your roof and starts to melt only at the top due to the heat from your home. This creates a barrier of ice that traps water on the top of your roof.  The water can find its way between shingles and seams of your roof, creating cracks that allow water to seep into your home. Gutters on the roof can exacerbate the problem, because they aren’t as affected by your home’s heat. Leaves and debris that have collected in the gutters can trap ice, so it’s important to clean them before winter. To prevent ice dams, homeowners have a few options. They can rake the roof after major snowstorms that leave more than six inches of ice, or pay a company to remove the ice for them. Attics that aren’t properly insulated release a lot of heat, so to get at the root of the problem, homeowners should make sure that their attic is properly insulated and ventilated. Another option is to install dicing cables on your roof, which are essentially heated wires that melt the snow. You can have the cables professionally installed, or purchase a DIY kit at a hardware store. Install an ice and water shield under the shingles on the lower 3 to 6 feet of your roof. The lower the slope of your roof, the higher up the roof this membrane must extend. The last option is to starve the ice dams of their food supply. Use a snow rake and pull the snow off the roof at least 8 to 10 feet above the gutter guard line. So make sure that your home is ready to for this winter.  Don;t deal with any bigger problems in the spring. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Newer posts →