You probably already know the benefit of gutter protectors during the rainier seasons. With Gutter Helmet’s unique gutter protection system, runoff rainwater adheres to the specially-coated reverse curve design and proceeds into the gutters; while leaves and other solid debris slide off the gutter protector surface and onto the ground. This design helps keep your gutters flowing freely and prevents clogs, which can lead to costly repair issues.
But can gutter protectors help your gutters during the colder, dryer months?
Gutter Protectors and Ice Dams
Winter can be especially brutal on gutters and roofs. One of the biggest problems is the creation of ice dams inside and near gutters. Ice dams are a byproduct of snow or ice melting into its liquid state and then refreezing. If this cycle repeats itself several times, a buildup of ice can form over time inside gutters and around the roofline.
When this happens, the runoff water which would normally flow into your gutters will find another route, usually through a small roof leak or hole in the fascia board. This leads to water damage in attics, crawlspaces, and walls. Also, the weight of the ice dam itself puts additional stress on your gutters, which can cause them to bend, buckle, or even separate completely.
Gutter protectors can help inhibit the formation of ice dams. With unprotected gutters, twigs, leaves, and other debris inside the gutters can act as “support beams” for ice formation and enable the ice dam to solidify more quickly than it otherwise would. By keeping debris out of the gutters, there are fewer areas to which the ice can attach.
Winterized Gutter Protectors: Helmet Heat
But there’s another weapon that homeowners can wield in the fight against ice dams: Heater Helmet.
Heater Helmet is a special type of gutter protector that not only repels solid debris while letting runoff water into your gutters; but it also stops ice dams before they can start. The secret is a network of heated cables that runs through the gutter protector and the downspouts as well as the gutters themselves. These cables warm all surfaces of the gutter systems so snow and runoff water don’t freeze near your roofline.
Since Helmet Heat automatically adjusts as the outdoor temperature changes, it is entirely self-regulating — which helps keep energy costs down for the homeowner. Finally, Heater Helmet is GFCI-protected, which means that it cannot overheat and cause fire damage like some gutter deicing systems can.
Gutter Protectors Are Good For Your Health
Having a complete gutter protector system not only guards your home against the effects of ice dams, but it also provides you with peace of mind. Anyone who has had to go outside in the dead of winter, set up a ladder that could slip on an icy surface, and climb several feet off the ground to chop at an ice dam knows how perilous the chore can be. In these situations, falls are common, injuries are plentiful, medical costs are hefty … and the effects can be devastating and long-lasting.
You owe it to yourself and your family to do all you can to prevent ice dams from wreaking havoc on your home (and possibly your health). So why not prepare your home before the harsh winter weather arrives? For more information about a gutter protector system,fill out the form on the right, or call 1-800-975-6666 and get a free in-home consultation.