Tips or products you recommend for clearing or preventing ice in winter? Answered
My partner and I just bought a house and we're doing some repairs and upgrades. One of the major things I want to focus on is making our front entrance less icy. Most of the time we're covered in snow, but whenever it warms up briefly we end up with an icy disaster on the front porch the next morning. :P
Currently, the roof melt runs right off onto our front steps and it's a mess! (see picture for the icicle death trap)
I have been using a "pet-safe" ice melt (we have two dogs who are in and out all day) but it doesn't do enough for how much I go through. I still break up the ice in the morning when using the ice melt because the ice builds up really quickly.
Are there gutters strong enough to handle heavy snowfall? Some sort of heating element I could install?
For reference, I'm in northern CO in the mountains and we tend to get feet of snowfall every winter! I've never lived somewhere with this much snow, but I'm hoping some of you do and can offer some suggestions :D