Every house is different, and depending on the slope of your roof and typical wind patterns, you might find yourself with snow sitting on top of your gutters. It’s also possible that melting snow water is able to leave your roof but it’s so cold that it freezes once it hits the colder gutters. These are just a few examples of why ice dams may form in/on your gutters, although it’s not where most ice dams happen.
New England Ice Solutions offers several solutions for melting snow and heating your gutters to reduce the risk of ice dams:
- Run a single cable along the base of your gutter (cover bracket optional).
- Run double cables along the base of your gutter, using an extruded aluminum base similar to what we have in our ice melt panels.
- Run a single cable at the top of the VersaScreen gutter cover. This can be used stand-alone or in combination with one of the gutter cable configurations outlined above.
But wait, you might not have gutter covers so why would you want them? There are some homeowners who enjoy the challenge of getting up on a ladder once or twice a year to clean out their gutters … but wouldn’t you rather do something fun with your free time?
Gutter covers or leaf guards, help reduce the number of times you need to clean your gutters. Sorry but they don’t eliminate all gutter maintenance — it’s low maintenance, never no maintenance. Our gutter covers have small holes that let fine debris through which should easily flush down through your downspouts. We can handle 5 inch gutters (K style/Ogee, half round, box or fascia) with no modifications and offer a second product that fits 5, 6 or 7 inch gutters, that can be easily modified at the time of installation.
Our gutter covers work with asphalt and synthetic shingles, metal roofs, cedar shake, slate and tile roofs. They have a low profile with a matte black finish to make them less visible.