Your gutter system helps in protecting your home’s foundation and exterior components by directing water to downspouts and then to storm drains, preventing it from eventually causing structural damage. For this, ensuring its year-round performance is imperative.
In this article, Advanced Roofing Inc., one of the leading local roof repair contractors, shares these five tips to keep your gutters all year long.
1. Clean Your Gutters
This task should be a priority in your home maintenance to-do list this fall. By doing this, you ensure the uninterrupted flow of water to your downspouts. This season, wait until the prime seasonal changes have passed before removing the leaves, twigs, dirt and other debris. Also, observe safety when gaining access to your gutters.
2. Prevent Ice Formations
At the beginning of winter, make sure to clean the gutters again. Improper drainage due to clogged debris can lead to frozen water, which may then expand into the roof’s edges and gutters. When this happens, the gutters may potentially crack and even pull away from their attachments because of the weight of the ice.
3. Check for Leaks
Checking your gutters for leaks is as important as professional inspections on residential roofing systems. After cleaning, flush the gutters with running water and see if the water flow goes directly into the downspout. If so, then you’re good to go. Leaks happen when you immediately notice the outer part of the gutters dripping water. Small cracks or holes can be covered with sealant, but faulty gutter sections need to be replaced.
4. Invest in Gutter Protection Systems
Frequent gutter maintenance can be tiresome, which is why investing in a system that protects your gutters from becoming overloaded with clogs is something to consider. These covers, however, need to be cleaned every other season to preserve its intended function.
For your gutter needs, trust Advanced Roofing Inc. We offer custom-made gutters in a variety of finishes, colors and materials, and are made of strong materials. Our personable staff is ready to assist you with your gutter repair or replacement.
You can also turn to us for your residential roof replacement or commercial flat roof repair. Call us at (630) 553-2344 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve Naperville, IL, and other areas in Illinois.