Ice damming is a common problem that occurs when the snow and ice on top of your roof melts down and refreezes along your eaves and gutters. The weight of this buildup can cause unnecessary strain on your gutters, weakening them and hampering their draining ability. It’s something that needs to be promptly dealt with (or prevented altogether) to ensure your gutter system and fascia remains in good shape.
The good news is that minimizing the damage caused by ice dams is simple enough. The trusted gutter protection company in the area, Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota, discusses some of them here.
Correct gutter positioning. You can try reducing ice damage to your gutters and fascia board by making sure the system is positioned properly. This means the gutters should be installed a bit lower down so that it’s not directly in the path of sliding snow. But at the same time, you’ll want the gutters positioned in such a way that runoff from your roofing system won’t shoot over them.
Proper attic ventilation. Ice dams form because of snowmelt running down your roof, but how do you ensure the buildup on top of the system doesn’t melt in the first place? Easy–just make sure your attic ventilation remains intact. This will expel trapped heat and moisture inside the attic that can thaw the snow and ice on your roof, helping keep the space cool, while allowing for efficient, continuous airflow. Of course, you should still deal with the snow and ice accumulating on your roof. Have the ice buildup removed so its additional weight doesn’t damage the system.
A Better and More Effective Solution
While the tips mentioned above can help minimize ice damage to your gutters and fascia, there’s an alternate solution that can deliver better and faster results. Just turn to Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota. We offer high-quality Helmet Heat® Ice Reduction Systems that melt the ice and snow along your roofline and gutters before they have a chance to build up. They make this possible thanks to a heavy-duty commercial grade self-regulating heating cable. Helmet Heat offers an effective and stress-free way to prevent ice damming for homes that have our unmatched Gutter Helmet® gutter protection system.
To learn more about the specifications of the Helmet Heat® Ice Reduction System, and see if this is a viable option for your home, you only need to call Gutter Helmet® of Minnesota. We serve Monticello, MN and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (866) 200-5339 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.