Everyone knows that falling leaves can muck up a gutter system. But even if your house doesn’t have any trees around the perimeter, now is the time for a quick maintenance check to make sure everything is ready for winter. Check for dirt and debris. Even without leaves around gutters can catch a lot of detritus. Look for nests, sweep away deposits of dirt and sand dropped by your roof and the rain, and check for rust. While many gutters can withstand water through a combination of their base material and paint, any corrosion can quickly spread or break through the wall if left untreated.
Pour water along the horizontal gutters to make sure they work. Sometimes long runs of horizontal gutter get bent due to collecting dirt or hail damage, and you can fix any bend where water collects. Also, use the water test to look for leaks. The system is designed to stop water from falling straight onto the soil around your foundation because that can wear away the soil, make the layer turbulent, and make your foundation support weaker.
Pour water into the vertical downspouts, too. Not only do you want to be sure these gutters aren’t clogged, but it’s also important that the water is sent the right direction. It should aim away from your home’s foundation (and if you have close neighbors, aim it away from their property, too). This water wears away the soil and causes foundational problems. Many people take additional precautions like gutter extensions that channel water leaving the downspout further away from the house. You might consider adding these if your soil erodes easily or if your region gets a lot of heavy rain.
Getting your rain gutters windsor co ready for autumn and winter involves more than just keeping them clean. Checking for corrosion and ensuring the water flows away from your foundation matter just as much. There are a few main types of gutter protection, and some may work better for your system than others. It’s important to keep in mind that what might work for your neighbor’s home might not work for yours.
Mesh guards can be installed by attaching to the shingles on your roof, or by sliding into the gutter itself depending on the design. Mesh guards cover the gutter and allow water through, but no leaves, sticks, or other items. These are more expensive to have installed but work well enough to keep debris as small as a grain of sand from getting into your gutters. Imagine how much easier cleanup could be.
Bottle Brush Guards
Bottle brush type guards might remind you of giant pipe cleaners. They use bristles to separate water from leaves and branches, making it difficult for debris to pass through and clog the gutter. Bottle brush guards are easy to install, and very cost efficient for the budget-conscious homeowner.
Roofing professionals place foam guards inside your gutters, seeping up moisture and keeping mold and mildew from forming in crevices. While they are cost-efficient to install, they may not be an effective long-term option for a particularly moist climate.
If you’re tired of hiring people to clean out your gutters, or tired of doing it yourself every year, installing gutter protection may be worth your time! Contact us today for a free quote.