Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are all coastal states, and that offers unique challenges to homeowners. Fortunately, there are tools that you can use to protect your home, and one of the most important is gutter covers.
Here’s how gutter covers can keep your home better protected against the elements.
Gutter Covers Keep Autumn Leaves & Twigs Out of Your Gutters
Autumn colors are, of course, beautiful. The problem is when they wind up in your gutters! Leaves, twigs, bark, and other debris can rapidly form clogs, and clogs in turn can back up your gutters, with water running down the siding, eroding your roof. In some cases, it can flow straight into your foundation and flood your basement, or even damage the foundation.
And that means you’ll be taking out the ladder every six months or so and spending a weekend afternoon mucking out the gutters, which is not only an unpleasant chore, but an actively dangerous one: ladder falls are among the most dangerous of home repair injuries.
Gutter covers keep the debris out while allowing water to flow in, meaning that leaves don’t jam up your gutters and the water doesn’t wreck your house. This may mean a little more yard work, however, since those leaves will wind up on the lawn. It’s a small price to pay.
Unblocking Ice Dams
Ice dams are common across New England; if you’ve ever seen icicles hanging down off a gutter, you’ve seen the results of an ice dam. They occur when snow falls on your roof; rising heat melts the snow, but as the water flows down your roof, the temperature drops and it refreezes into solid ice. That ice keeps future meltwater from getting into your gutters.
Which means that you potentially have a lot of water floating on your roof, looking for a way to flow downward, which leads to leaks, shingle wear, warping of the roof beams, and other damage. A collapsed roof is a real possibility, and that’s bad enough without factoring in cold temperatures, which can cause their own damage.
Gutter covers keep the dams from forming, and can be installed with heating elements to melt the dams and have them slide off your roof, not wreck it.
So Which Gutter Cover To Use?
At Moonworks, we’re the exclusive regional distributors of Gutter Helmet, the best gutter cover on the market. Gutter Helmet is designed to use the surface tension of water to carry debris off the edge of the roof. Then, the water flows into a narrow slit over the nose-forward design, meaning that only water is in your gutters. Furthermore, it can be installed with Heated Helmet, a self-activating coil heating system that breaks ice dams and saves you money compared to traditional roof heating systems.
So, if you’re in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Connecticut, fill out the form to the right, or call 1-800-975-6666 for and never clean your gutters again!