Winter season can be brutal here in Northern Arizona. Especially on your home’s gutter system. Thankfully, there are some ways you can help prevent any unnecessary damage to your gutters.
First you should always check the seams and anchors for leaks and see if your gutters are still attached to your home via the gutter spikes. As much as possible, gaps should not be apparent between the fascia and gutters. Otherwise, your gutter will not work as well as it should.
You should also make sure all debris is cleared out of your gutters before winter hits. Not only can debris clog your gutters and downspouts, causing moisture damage to your roof but they can also add too much weight on your gutters. This can cause your gutters to sag and pull away from your home.
Ice dams are the number one nemesis of your roof and gutter systems. This is because they are a major cause of moisture damage and they can also cause structural damage to your roof. With that in mind, prevent ice dam formation by ensuring proper roofing insulation and ventilation, and keeping your gutters clear of debris. this will allow snowmelt to drain properly, preventing standing water that can refreeze and turn into ice dams.