Fall is here, and winter is not far behind—that means it’s the perfect time to invest some time and energy into preventative maintenance to get your home ready for the winter.
One of the most important parts of winter home maintenance is gutter preparation. If you are trying to tackle gutter preparation for the winter season, keep reading for some tips and tricks to get gutters ready for the winter.
Winter gutter preparation tips
Preparing gutters for winter is the best way to avoid gutter issues during the fall and winter months. Taking some time to prepare gutters for the winter reduces the risk of a variety of problems including siding damage, flooding, erosion and foundation cracking.
Here are some tips for gutter preparation for winter season:
- Remove leaves and debris: The first step to prepare gutters for the winter is to clean out leaves and debris. As leaves and debris accumulate in gutters, they obstruct water flow and weigh down gutter systems. Once temperatures dip in the winter, snow and ice accumulation add to that weight and can cause extensive damage to gutters. Cleaning leaves and debris out of gutters reduces the risk of damage to gutter systems during the winter months.
- Inspect gutters: After removing leaves and debris, it will be much easier to inspect gutters and identify areas that are worn or damaged and must be repaired or replaced. Pay attention to things like sagging, holes, rust development and cracks in gutters that might affect performance and prevent gutters from doing their jobs effectively. It’s also a good idea to look at the alignment and slope of your gutters to make sure that water can flow effectively through gutters to prevent pooling.
- Invest in gutter repairs: Once you’ve inspected your gutters and taken note of issues that need to be repaired, take care of necessary maintenance and repairs. Waiting too long to invest in gutter repairs can result in more serious gutter damage that requires even more complicated and expensive repairs. With that in mind, make sure to prepare gutters for winter by investing in gutter repairs as soon as possible.
- Consider replacing gutters: If your gutters are getting old, it’s a good idea to consider replacing gutters. New gutter systems are designed with specialized technology to optimize performance. Features like leaf guards and seamless designs can promote water flow and minimize issues like clogging, ice-dam formation and sagging. Replacing gutters in the fall is a great way to protect your home from winter weather and reduce wear and tear on siding, roofs and foundations.
Gutter repair, replacement and maintenance
Make sure that your home is prepared for the winter months with gutter repair, replacement and maintenance services from the team of experts at L & S Seamless Guttering. We have over 30 years of experience providing our customers with comprehensive gutter services to keep their homes protected from all kinds of weather conditions. Find out more about what we have to offer and request a quote for our services by giving us a call today.
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