Clean Those Gutters Out!
This is a crucial yet relatively simple way to ensure you don’t have any problems this winter. The folks at Wizard Rain Gutters out in Utah (the #12 highest state in average snowfall) know a thing or two about snow. I found useful some of the info they present for why cleaning your gutters before the winter is so important. First on their list of problems are ice dams. If excess debris is clogging up your gutter system going into a freeze, you may likely see these forming above your home. The problem, as the WRG article explains, is that these ice dams can cause snow and ice to melt and get below your roof shingles and cause leaks inside the home. In extreme cases, they can even break the gutter itself.
This is why it’s wise to make sure your gutters are clear before the snow starts to fall.
Does a Gutter Guard Work?
Yes! At GPro, we’re big fans of gutter guards. Our team has installed hundreds of self-cleaning aluminum gutter guard systems to make the cleaning process even easier on homeowners. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never have to clean your gutters, but it should take climbing up on that ladder right out of your regular routine. For anyone wondering, ‘Does a gutter guard work?’ The answer is yes, assuming you use a good one. Gutter guards can significantly lighten your load by acting as a strong first line of defense against gutter debris.
Check How Secure Your Gutter System Is
For your gutter to be effective, it needs to stay attached to your house, don’t you think? Be sure to do a quick sweep of your home to ensure that your gutter system is still nailed or screwed securely into the fascia boards. If you’ve ever taken a look at your gutters, you’ve probably noticed they aren’t mounted on your home directly. Instead, they’ve likely been fastened into what we call fascia boards. A fascia board, as Swish BP puts it along with providing a nice visual, is the “long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof.” It acts as a buffer between your roof and your gutter system. If it’s not securely fastened, you’ll need to address that before any winter storms hit.
If your gutters already look ugly or if you’ve noticed bends or breaks in them, it may be time to think about a replacement. Gutter installation companies can set you up in no time at all. It’s a very quick and affordable installation, so don’t hesitate. The winter is no time to have your gutters falling off or causing leaks!
Call GPro Exteriors for a free estimate in Columbus or Detroit today!