Proper maintenance on your home is very important. It keeps your property looking nice and in good condition. One of the best times to perform maintenance checks to the exterior of the home is during spring and fall. You want to make sure the structure is still sound after the harsh winter months as soon as spring arrives. When fall comes, you want to make sure it is ready for the winter months again. One of the areas that you do not want to skip over is the gutters. Follow these instructions to get your gutters ready for winter.
Clean Out Debris
One of the main things that should be done is cleaning out the debris from the gutters. You will find that a lot of sticks and leaves fall into the gutters due to the elements. If the debris isn't cleaned out, it will create blockages in the gutters. When the gutters are clogged, they cannot do their job properly. Water can sit in the gutters and cause more issues in the system. In the winter, sitting water can freeze into ice. The ice may eventually end up cracking the gutters or causing them to become so heavy that they begin to sag. If you don't want to worry about constantly cleaning out the gutters, you can install special grated covers over the top. The covers only allow water to enter the gutters, so leaves and sticks can't cause problems.
Fix Any Visual Issues
During your inspections throughout the year, you may notice issues with the gutters. Make sure you fix them as soon as you see them. One common problem is leaks in the gutters. This can be caused by cracks in the sides or bottom of the gutter. It may also be due to leaking endcaps. You can fix leaks or cracks in the gutters by applying a special sealer to any problem area. Before you put it on, you need to clean the spot. Use a bristle brush and soapy water to scrub the area. Wait a bit for it to dry and then apply the sealant. Try to do it on a day with good weather, because if it rains or snows soon afterward, the sealant won't have had time to dry properly and won't work.
If you need any other help with your gutters, a local roofing company or gutter specialist can address your concerns. They will inspect, repair, or replace any gutters if you need it.
Contact a company, like Absolute Roofing, for more help.Share
4 February 2019
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