How the Cold Weather of Winter Can Hurt Your Gutters

Winter weather can do a lot of damage to your gutters, which could cost you a lot to fix. As you will learn, most gutter damage can be prevented by cleaning and maintaining the gutters regularly.

Your Gutters & the Ice That Builds Up

When it gets cold enough, any water that gets stuck in your gutters will freeze. Getting your gutters cleaned by a pro is the best way to keep water from getting stuck in them. Most of the time, this is done twice a year, but in places with a lot of winter weather, it may need to be done three or four times a year.

When water freezes, it expands, which can easily break gutter seams and joints, causing them to leak or break when the weather warms up. Because of the weight of the ice and debris in the gutters, they can sag, bend, or even pull away from your house and fall to the ground (or onto someone or your car!).

Wind Can Break Gutters & Downspouts

In the winter, strong winds can pull gutters and downspouts off their mounting brackets and cause them to come off your house completely. When this happens, it can hurt the wood, the roof, and the windows and doors. When this happens and there is ice in the gutters, the damage can be very bad.

Tree Damage

In the winter, wind and ice can also cause tree branches to break off. Branches that look solid can break off suddenly and without warning and land on your roof or gutters. Your gutters can be bent, snapped, or even ripped off your house in an instant by a branch that falls from a tree.

Your gutters can take a beating in the winter. The best and most important way to protect your gutters and home is to clean and maintain them regularly. We can help you keep your gutters clear of debris, clogs, and standing water. We can also check for any maintenance issues that need to be taken care of. We are here to help you take care of your home and family, which is the most important thing at the end of the day.