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Gutter covers and screens or mesh that are made of metal, are the “first to freeze” area, so when they freeze early, they become a solid cover blocking entry to the gutter. GutterBrush plastic is not the first area to freeze, and the shape of GutterBrush is not a cover which makes it the best winter gutter guard. Read below to learn more about these winter features.
GutterBrush Decreases Formation of Ice Due to Improved Exit Drainage
During winter in northern climates, gutter drainage is regularly blocked by ice and snow causing the gutter to fill with rain or melting water, pour over the outer edge, only to freeze into a full solid block of ice that night when the temperature drops. Just as leaves and tree detritus clog gutters, so does snow and slush. Obviously, snow can completely fill an entire unprotected gutter; snow causes gutter clogging too. As melting or rain begins to flow, the water can not exit the snow clogged outlet tubes fast enough causing the gutter to fill and spill over. However, with GutterBrush in place, snow and slush sits predominantly on top of the GutterBrush leaving the lower portion of the brush open and ready for water flow, so when melting and rain begin, the water has a protected area to travel to the outlet tube and down the downspout. The presence of GutterBrush protects and provides an improved flow area or channel so that volumes of water can exit properly GutterBrush customers previously faced with winter gutter ice and icicle problems, praise GutterBrush for a welcome decrease. To learn more and see pictures, click here to read our blog article Improve Winter Gutter Performance, Decrease Ice Issues with GutterBrush . Page Down for Winter Videos.
Black Color of Bristles Absorbs Sun’s Warmth
GutterBrush bristles are black and black items absorb the maximum warmth when exposed to the sun’s direct rays. Bristles protrude through the gutter and through the ice and snow to gather more melting power than if absent. When the sun shines, the more black exposed surface area, the faster the melting occurs.
Bristles: Plastic Doesn’t Promote Ice Like Metal
One characteristic of metal, is that it is thermally conductive. In other words, cold travels through and changes metal’s temperature fastest. Therefore, when the temperature begins to drop below freezing, the first items to freeze are metal. Ice forms first on the coldest, and metal screens and openings freeze over well before the roof does blocking entry to the gutter.. GutterBrush bristles are plastic and are not thermally conductive like metal, therefore they do not freeze or promote the formation of ice the way metal devices do. To learn more about metal devices and ice formation, click here to read a blog article https://www.gutterbrush.com/blogs/news/ice-jams-metal-gutter-guards-cause-first-to-freeze-problems-in-colder-climates
Compatible with Ice Melting Heat Wires and Tapes
The simplicity of GutterBrush being installed with no tools and no fasteners, makes it a perfect companion for ice melting electric heat wires and tapes. GutterBrush has no adverse reaction when exposed to the properly functioning ice melting devices and the bristles do not melt, augment, or even heat up to any dangerous temperature. Flexible bristles do not restrict the location of wires. Customers often explain how they were able to mingle the two in a very effective manner with no complications or added labor; making the two a logical match for problematic areas.
GutterBrush Does Not Touch or Affect Roofing
GutterBrush is located within the gutter and unlike other gutter protection devices, it does not touch the roof or affect the roof’s performance or warranty. Roof ice problems, backups and ice dams are caused by combinations of inadequate roof or attic insulation and heat loss combined with inadequate roof and soffit ventilation. These conditions can be further exacerbated by gutter protection devices that interfere with the roof and promote the formation of ice by decreasing slope and adding a “first to freeze” plane. GutterBrush does not interfere, touch or affect the roof and is not thermally conductive like metal. Feel free to call us to speak to an experienced professional about roof ice back-ups and their causes.
GutterBrush Shape is Not a Cover
GutterBrush doesn’t block water’s entry into the gutter because GutterBrush exists down within the gutter. Other devices such as screens, mesh and covers, actually cover the gutter and their shape or “plane” is linear and terminates at the outer edge of the gutter, therefore when they close up due to ice or debris, they become a water ramp directing the water to skip past as if the gutter didn’t exist. GutterBrush is not “planar” or linear and it does not terminate at the outer edge of the gutter so it does not cause water to pass over the gutter completely. GutterBrush sits down in the gutter and is plastic so it doesn't freeze first, but even if completely frozen, it’s design would not cause water to skip past; it would not block water from entering the gutter due to its shape and location.
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