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A good way to immunize your home against ice dams is to reduce the attic temperature. First, make the ceilings of the house air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space. One way is to install additional insulation on the attic floor or have more insulation blown in.

Install weather stripping and/or insulation on attic stairways or hatchways, and on attic floor-mounted louvers for whole house ventilation fans. Be careful if there are any exposed recessed light fixtures or vent fans poking through the attic floor. Some of these are not designed to be covered with insulation and information from manufacturers is available whether they can be covered or not.

Do not pack insulation deep in the corner where the roof meets the attic floor.  This causes the roof area near the eaves to be colder than the rest of the roof, setting up a possible ice dam formation. If you have blown-in insulation, there are Styrofoam dams, that can be installed between the floor joists to hold the insulation back from the inside of the roof.

The same holds true for soffit vents in the exterior overhang of a house.  If you have them in the overhang, do not let insulation block the air-flow from the soffit to the ridge vent of your roof.

 

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Copper gutters may last...

Copper gutters may last 50 yrs, and galvanized steel gutters 20 years or less.

FAQ's

Q. Our home does not have a fascia board. It has exposed eaves with the rafters coming out. Can gutters be installed on this type of area?

A. There are several methods for hanging gutters from rafter ends. One method is to install fascia boards for mounting. Another is by installing hidden hangers and roof straps to install the gutter system.

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