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First and foremost, it is not recommended that you get on your roof to solve an ice damming or icicle problem. It could be dangerous. Also, do not stand on the ground and chip away at the ice. This can cause damage to roofing materials and you might be subject to injury from falling ice, debris, or tools.

Some homeowners have installed roof mounted heating cables to melt ice dams. Heating cables should always be installed by a reputable electrical contractor and should not be installed by the homeowner or gutter contractor unless the gutter contractor is qualified.

 

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Facts

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms...

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Contrary to popular opinion, gutters do not cause ice dams.

FAQ's

Q. What thickness of gutter should I get

A. The standard is .027 or .032. However in snow regions the heavier gauge is recommended to provide greater durability and strength.  If you are installing copper, a 5-ounce copper is recommended