While gutters are essential to your home’s protection against water damage, it’s easy to forget about them. Without proper maintenance, your gutters can get clogged, start to sag and develop other issues that can compromise your home’s exterior and foundation. It’s also a common misconception that you only need to care for your gutters during fall.Keep your gutters protected through all seasons with these tips.
Winter conditions can be harsh to your gutters. So, in the spring, you must check if they sustained any damage during the colder months. Look for cracks and sags in your gutters. If your gutters are clogged, see if the water has infiltrated your roof, fascia and attic.
This season is one of the best times to get your gutters inspected. Summer is also ideal for downspout and gutter repair. Check if your gutter guards and shields have gotten loose or dented with fallen debris. Remove any twigs and pinecones that may have gotten stuck in the gutters.
In fall, you need to make sure that fallen leaves haven’t clogged your gutters. For your safety, hire a professional to clean your gutters and also tackle repairs. Your gutters should be free from debris before winter arrives to prevent freezing and clogging.
Observe your gutters from time to time for ice damming. Ice dams damage your gutters and roof as they can weigh hundreds of pounds. Moisture from this ice formation can also seep into shingles and reach your attic. Ladder work is dangerous during winter due to the cold temperatures, snow and ice so it’s best to contact a professional to safely clear ice dams.
For quality home exterior solutions, turn to CRC Roofing and Renovations, INC. We are the area’s most trusted gutter contractor. Call us at (859) 338-1149, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.