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Baby It's Cold Outside, But You Can Still prevent Frozen Gutters!

Well, it might not be that cold in your area yet, but for many of us, winter is coming. What can you do at the chilliest, blusteriest times of year to help keep up the maintenance of your roof? Here are a few tips to help keep your gutters from freezing, which has the potential to wreak havoc on your roof. Follow along below to see what you can do to avoid this.

Check that Your Attic Vents Aren't Blocked

Get up into your attic and inspect the insulation. If any of the materials are wet, or even just damp, have them removed immediately and make plans to replace them. At this time of year, it's imperative in many cooler climates to ensure you have adequate insulation. It will help prevent the transfer of heat and the formation of any ice dams, which can serve to block your gutters, as well as cause other roofing issues.

Install a Great Drainage System

If moisture is building up in your attic, it could be a sign that you're at risk of clogs and roof leaks. Clean, clear roof gutters, drains and downspouts that carry moisture properly away from your house will help prevent issues with frozen gutters, as well as crumbling foundations and other, serious structural issues.

Invest in a Roof Rake

If you live in an area that's prone to regular winter snowfall, a roof rake is an excellent purchase indeed. You can use it to clear snow away from your roof, where it has the potential to pack up and freeze in your gutters as well as damage shingles.

If you aren't up for the task yourself, you can always consider retaining a professional snow removal service after a particularly big storm. They can help prevent damage or a disastrous roof collapse from the weight of snow at times when it's really not worth risking it. In areas of extreme moisture and cold means one thing and that is ice. Ice is a lethal enemy of roofing systems because if they get in between shingles that are not properly applied, it will cause a rupture. Ice is like water where it takes the path of least resistance. Once it forms into ice it will push away whatever is blocking its way. This can expose your roof decking to elements and over time will cause water and moisture to get through your attic.

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