Gutters

Gutter protection in Charlotte: Preventing gutters from freezing in winter

Gutters help direct rainwater to drainage, away from your home’s foundation

Gutters help us year-round. And even though it’s very hot outside- it’s still time to think about protecting your gutters year-round. They are installed in the home to protect the foundation from getting saturated or experiencing water damage. A common problem that prevents the gutters from completing this function is freezing. Winter temperatures cause frozen gutters which impede the flow of water or grit along with it.

To prevent frozen gutters in the winter months, here are some things you can do:

Make sure your gutter has a defined slope

Gutters that have been built correctly slope slightly toward the downspout. This makes sure that water leaves the system promptly. Even if they did when they were first installed on the house, you shouldn’t presume that your gutters have the proper slope. Having your gutters professionally inspected is the quickest way to determine if they have the proper slope.

Add roof insulation

Lack of roof insulation enables heat to escape the building, melting any snow that may be on top of it. As a result, even on bitterly cold days, liquid water can flow into the gutters. The water then freezes since the gutters aren’t exposed to the heat of the house as the rest of the roof is.

Insulation is added to prevent snow on the roof from melting on cold days. Though it won’t be nearly as much as what comes from a roof with inadequate insulation, some snow may still melt and enter the gutter system. On days when the temperature is generally above freezing, the majority of the water will then enter the system.

Invest in a heated gutter cable

A specialized apparatus is required to use a time-tested method of preventing and eliminating ice in your gutters: applying direct heat. Gutter cables are designed to withstand exposure to moisture, extreme temperatures, and sunshine. Try these cables if you want to avoid having to climb up to your gutters every time it snows or continually salts them with rock salt.

Before selecting a brand, study the reviews on major internet merchants. A strong set of reviews can guide you even if you purchase from another website or a physical store. Additionally, you may learn the costs in this manner, which will help you decide whether you want to go with this option or not.

Gutter installation experts can help you achieve the best results

Keeping gutters in the best conditions helps you retain proper water flow even during winter. Consult the best gutter installation expert for top results.

Steele Restoration is a fully licensed and insured Charlotte NC and Greenville SC-based general contractor and roofing company specializing in roofing, siding, and storm damage restoration for single-family homes, multi-family complexes, and commercial and industrial sites. We service Charlotte and surrounding areas, including Rock Hill, Lake Norman, Steele Creek, Matthews, Ballantyne, and Blakeney, along with Greenville and Spartanburg SC areas.