Minnesota winters are tough on your home’s exterior. While you remain protected indoors, your home endures extremely harsh winter conditions on the exterior. Among other parts, the harsh winter conditions can also damage your home’s gutters. As a homeowner, it’s important to recognize gutter damage and learn how to prevent damage from happening again in the future.

The Formation of Icicles

Icicles along your gutters typically indicate there is an issue. When gutters are clogged, water overflows and freezes into icicles. When icicles become too heavy, they can weigh down your gutters and cause damage to your roof. Clearing leaves, tree branches, pine needles, and other debris from your gutters can prevent the gutters from clogging and forming troublesome icicles.

Installing gutter covers can also prevent icicles from forming on your home. Gutter covers go over your gutters and prevent pesky outdoor particles, such as leaves and twigs, from clogging the system.

Keep an Eye Out For Ice Dams

Ice dams are another form of winter gutter damage. Ice dams form when water pools up and freeze in the gutters, which causes blockages in the system. Gutters can break off from your house when the dams become too heavy for the roof to support them. Ensuring your gutters are accurately and securely installed can prevent this issue from occurring.

With freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, it’s no wonder why winter is a particularly damaging season for the exterior of your home. Avoid spending the springtime repairing the damage by practicing these gutter maintenance routines. Keeping your gutters cleared and ensuring their security will keep them sturdy and dependable all winter long.

If you need your gutters repaired after a hard winter, contact Paskar Construction. Our team of experienced professionals is here to help you keep your home protected from water damage caused by clogged and failing gutters. Our process is efficient and effective, and it starts with a free estimate. Contact us today!