Stillwater MN Seamless Gutters and Gutter Guards
The winter months of November to February are often a time when Minnesotans face strong snow storms and bouts of freezing rain. And, while a snow covered landscape can be a picturesque sight, a roof covered in snow is something no homeowner can afford to marvel at. That’s because snow and ice can very well push a roof to its breaking point, even if the roof was sound before winter arrived. The more snow that falls on your roof, the greater the danger.
Snow & Ice
The water content of snow can range from 3 percent for very dry snow to 33 percent for wet heavy snow. A roof may only be able to support 12 inches of wet, heavy snow before it is pushed beyond its limit. Snow can be very heavy, weighing 60 pounds per cubic foot. When heavy snow arrives, homeowners should do their very best to safely clear it off as soon as possible. (If this looks familiar… you might be a Minnesotan!)
A Minnesota winter can wreak havoc on your roof!
With Christmas right around the corner, things can get pretty hectic. For many of today’s family’s, time is stretched to the limit. And, there’s only so much time in one day. That’s when having the phone number of a Stillwater MN Gutter Installation Contractor can be a real blessing.
Melting snow can inflict significant damage to property and winter storms are the third-largest cause of catastrophe losses, noted the I.I.I. Winter storms caused $38 million in insured losses in 2012, according to Munich Re. An ISO study shows that from 1992-2011, winter storms resulted in about $28 billion in insured catastrophe losses (in 2011 dollars), or more than $1 billion a year on average.
The Insurance Information Institute offers the following tips to prepare your home for the upcoming winter:
Outside Your Home
Clean out gutters. Remove leaves, sticks and other debris from gutters, so melting snow and ice can flow freely. This can prevent ice damming, a condition where water is unable to drain through the gutters and instead seeps into the house causing water to drip from the ceiling and walls.
Install gutter guards. Gutter guards prevent debris from entering the gutter and interfering with the flow of water away from the house and into the ground.
It’s Going To Be a Cold, Cold Winter. Are you–and more importantly, your house–ready for winter? If not, here’s a handy list to help you prepare.