As winter approaches, homeowners need to prepare for the challenges of the season. Snow, wind, and ice can cause serious damage, especially to your home’s critical, outside structures, like gutters. Without proper maintenance, you can face common gutter problems that can be costly and a nuisance to fix.
Here are a few ways to prepare your gutters for the long winter season ahead.
Trim Your Trees
Even after winter begins, leaves can continue to fall into your gutters, leaving them clogged. Ice and snow can weigh down tree branches, causing them to snap and fall on your roof and gutters. Trimming the trees around your home can reduce the chances of these tragic accidents from occurring.
Get Gutter Guards
Investing in high-quality gutter guards can help protect your gutters year-round. Installing gutter guards on an angle keeps the melting snow and ice off the front of your roofline to help alleviate ice damming. These guards help protect the gutter system from breaking due to frozen clogs or too much weight.
Fix Holes and Cracks
Leaks in your gutters will divert water from the appropriate downspouts and trickle down the side of your home, causing water damage, such as rot and mold, as well as weakening your home’s foundation. Identify any holes in your gutters and repair them. You can make a patch with the same material as your gutters and install it with roofing cement.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are not prepared. The best way to assure a smooth sailing transition from season to season is to invest in a quality gutter system. If your gutters show signs of replacement, contact Bell Seamless Gutters for a complete gutter installment. Strong, durably installed gutters are your number one defense when it comes to protecting your home this winter.
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