Mar
06

Ice dams and gutters clogged with snow and ice can cause damage to your eaves and roof as well as lead to water entering your attic and behind your walls. Climbing up to get rid of the ice once it’s formed can not only be dangerous but can also cause damage to your roof. It’s better to keep the ice from collecting to begin with. One good way to do that is by using gutter heaters.

Gutter Heating Systems for Rochester, NY Area Homes

MIG Building System installs Helmet Heat® gutter heaters. Read more about the advantages of gutter heating systems below!

What Are Gutter Heaters?

Gutter heaters work via a system of heated cables that lie in your gutters and downspouts. Such systems operate on a thermostat, so they’re very energy-efficient. The thermostat also keeps the temperature from getting too high in the gutters and damaging your drainage system. By heating your gutters, snow melts easily and runs away from your house. They are especially beneficial for areas prone to harsh winter weather—like here in Upstate New York!

Benefits of Gutter Heaters

One of the prime benefits of gutter heaters is keeping water away from your attic and keep it from entering your home. However, this isn’t the only reason to install gutter heaters. This addition to the exterior of your home keeps dangerous icicles from forming along your eaves, where the weight can damage your gutters and roof not to mention fall on passersby. Gutter heaters also help protect the landscaping around your foundation, since icicles and piles of snow won’t get dumped on top of your plantings.

Other Winter Gutter Maintenance

In addition to keeping the ice and snow out of your gutters, you’ll also want to:

  • Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris at the beginning of the cold weather season.
  • Trim any branches that may be hanging over the gutters and to make sure that the gutters and downspouts are securely attached to your house.
  • Make sure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated.

Keep Your Gutters Clean and Ice-Free with Gutter Heaters

To learn more about installing a gutter deicing system on your house, such as a Helmet Heat® gutter heater, get in touch with MIG Building Systems by calling 888-397-0988 or contacting us online!