Many people look forward to the winter season, unless they’re the ones tasked to make sure their home isn’t snowed in. If that’s you, then read on as the local gutter contractors at Advantage Seamless share some tips on managing snow and ice this season.
Put Up Tall Stakes Around Driveways and Walkways
Paths are hard to find when they’re buried in snow. Putting up stakes eliminates the guesswork by making these areas easy for you to find. Avoid using white or light-colored stakes as they would be camouflaged against the snow.
Clean the Gutters Before the Winter Season
Clogged gutters can contribute to the formation of ice dams and icicles on the roof edge. In addition to addressing the main cause of ice damming — poor roof insulation and ventilation — you can also take preventative measures by cleaning the gutters before the winter season, or having a gutter cleaning contractor do it for you. Also, consider investing in a gutter protection system. It keeps leaves and debris out of the gutters and virtually eliminates the need to clean your gutters once installed.
Don’t Skimp On the Shovel
A good snow shovel can reduce strain on the back and make the job less difficult to do, so it makes sense to invest in a quality shovel with a heavy plastic or aluminum blade. Keep in mind that a bigger shovel isn’t always better — using one that’s too big for you may cause arm stiffness and back pain. Purchase your snow shovel from a physical store instead of ordering online so you can try them out.
Sometimes snow doesn’t seem to stop falling and you might need to shovel snow daily, maybe even twice a day. You’ll find that it’s a lot easier to do this frequently with less snow each time, rather than putting it off and waiting for snow to pile up. It also helps prevent snow from sticking to the ground, which can make paths slippery and dangerous.
Advantage Seamless is your leading provider of seamless gutters and gutter cleaning services. Give us a call at (218) 270-2663. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Baxter, MN, and the surrounding communities.