Preparing Your Gutters For Fall
Fall can be a rough season on your roof gutters. Not only is it the time of year that leaves start to fall from trees en masse, but it’s also a season of heavy storms, meaning those leaves will collect in your roof gutters and quickly become wet clusters of leaves and branches. Debris such as branches is also a concern.
That’s why it’s important to prepare your gutters for fall so that they can continue to perform their job of funneling water away from your home throughout the season. You may even find that you need a new gutter installation to keep your house in shape through the colder months.
Start By Cleaning
Before the harsh fall weather comes in, clean your gutters thoroughly. Spread a tarp out below the gutters or bring a large trash bag with you so that you can push everything inside the gutters into that bag or onto that tarp. Most will likely be leaves and sticks, but it’s important to get them thoroughly cleaned so that water can flow easily from your roof to your roof gutters. Once cleaned, you might notice scratches or holes that need to be repaired or replaced with better gutters.
Trim Nearby Trees
Leaves will be falling this autumn, there’s no way around it. However, you can lessen the amount of leaves that fall into your gutters — as well as the amount of branches that scrape the surface of the gutters — by trimming trees and branches too close to your house. While it might have a pretty effect, overhanging tree branches can wreak havoc on your gutters. You can keep your favorite trees and the shade they provide while also keeping them distanced from your home and your roof. Simply trim the branches every now and then.
Install New Gutters If Necessary
It may be that your roof gutters have not sustained any damage throughout the year so far and a good cleaning and protective trimming is all they need. That would be lucky. In other cases, there may be a few light scrapes that can be patched up with sealant. But what if your gutters are badly leaking, or if the surface has become rusted? Poor roof gutters will serve as poor protection for your home, so if your gutters are becoming worn down, it’s probably worth the investment to schedule a new gutter installation.
Do you need new gutters to help protect your home this fall? Contact Jancewicz & Son today, experts in all things roofing and home improvement. We’ll help you choose the right gutters for your home as well as how to protect them. Get started today with a free estimate.