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What Are Ice Dams and How Do I Prevent Them? 

June 4, 2018

If you live in an area where ice and snow are common, it’s likely you’ve at least heard of ice dams. But, what exactly are they – and should you really be concerned about them? An ice dam is a collection of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. When there is an ice dam on a home, the melting snow on the home’s roof is unable to drain into the gutter system. Instead, it stays trapped up on the roof. This is where ice dams can start to cause problems. The trapped water can potentially leak into the home, causing damage to the walls, ceiling, insulation and more.

Preventing Ice Dams


There are a few things you can do to remove ice dams once they form on your home, but the easiest thing to do is to prevent them from forming in the first place. This is now easier than ever thanks to the “Award Winning” GutterDome Magma gutter guard system. Made from military-grade 6063 extruded aluminum that has been tempered to T5 strength, our Magma gutter guards can be equipped with an integrated heat trace cable to prevent dangerous ice dams from forming on your home. Plus, when you purchase gutter covers from GutterDome, you can also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll never need to clean out your gutters by hand again.

Contact GutterDome today for more information on the benefits of our GutterDome Magma gutter guard system, as well as any of the other gutter protection products we offer to homeowners throughout North America.