Winter may not be the busiest time of the year for many roofing and siding contractors, but this doesn’t mean taking care of your gutters should stop as soon as the first snow of the season arrives. In fact, it’s more important than ever to keep your gutters clean and protected during the winter months than any other season.
Fall is notorious for clogging up gutters with leaves and other debris which, come wintertime, can lead to a lot of troubles for your home. Our experts at Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters recommend following these tips to keep your gutters free of any obstructions and your roof and home safe over the winter.
Seasonal maintenance. Clogged gutters can lead to problems with pooling water, which in turn can cause roofing problems, siding problems, and in bad enough cases, necessitate premature window replacement. Before temperatures drop, take the time to clean your gutters and downspouts of any debris that could potentially cause a clog. If you can contract a professional cleaning service for this chore, that’s even better. Next year, consider using a gutter protection system that can keep your eave troughs clear of clutter, minimizing clogging issues.
Professional inspections. Another thing fall and winter are known for is bad weather. Strong winds, rain and snow can all take their toll, even on brand-new gutters. Contact your local contractor and have them check the seams and anchors on your gutters when they perform seasonal roof maintenance. These areas are the most prone to damage, so it’s best to make sure they’re all set for the season ahead.
Downspouts and diverters. Gutter companies usually position downspouts to drain several feet away from the foundation of your house. Check to make sure that water doesn’t pool as it flows through the downspouts. If you’re using a diverter to collect rainwater, disconnect the barrel temporarily while you check on this.
At Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters, we can help you get your gutters ready for the winter. Give us a call at (423) 584-5600 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit or request a free estimate on gutter installations today.