Ice Damage to Gutters is real
Gutter damage due to ice is a real problem throughout the winter to local citizens of Cincinnati. With winter hitting us all hard this year, and ice buildup after each storm, many homes are accumulating large amounts of ice on their gutter systems. This ice buildup can cause massive damage to their gutters as well as their roofs, with spring coming around soon they will have to find a contractor to assisting them in fixing their gutters, but what happens next year? The same damage and bills?
What is an Ice Dam?
Ice dams can be avoided with proper attic insulation. Without proper attic insulation and venting, these ice dams build up on your gutter systems causing strain and eventually extensive damage. Icicles tend to form on the eaves which are generally warmer due to the heat loss through the improper insulation in the attic. This causes the snow on the roof to melt and drain down to the gutters, then freeze. The snow can turn to ice on your roof, or the gutters, which not only cause damage to the gutters themselves, but can cause leaks through the walls as well.
Ice dams can be avoided!
Ice dams can be avoided a couple different ways fortunately. Proper insulation is the simplest answer, call your local insulation specialist and get an idea of what it would cost to get this done. This will not only save you money on repairs to your gutter system or roof, but also in heat costs throughout the winter. The second is proper ventilation at the ridge of the home or ventilation at the eaves. Soffit vents with a high quality ridge vent works well for most gable roofed homes. A hip roofed home may require even more vents to ensure the air movement through the attic is sufficient.
An insulation specialist should be able to guide you through the process and give you an idea of the cost. Generally one square foot of vent for every 150 square feet of attic space, then evenly divided between the soffit vents and roof vents should be sufficient.