Gutters are meant to keep precipitation from damaging your home. Yet, you need to have them regularly checked and maintained to ensure they stay in good shape. Neglecting them will only become more costly over time as you’ll eventually encounter problems like mold, rot and water leaks.
To keep your gutters in good condition throughout the winter season, keep these tips in mind:
Have Your Gutters Inspected
It’s important that you have your gutters and troughs checked in case there are repairs that need to be made. By inspecting and repairing the gutters, you’ll get a better idea of what damage occurred during the winter. You can do this by yourself, but only a professional can do this thoroughly and address any problems that were spotted.
Have Your Gutters Winterized
Consult with one of your trusted roofers, and discuss what the best options are for winterizing your gutters. We usually recommend installing heat tape as this produces heat to remove the ice blockage that can occur from water being frozen in the gutter and troughs. Installing a deicer is also effective; it uses a chemical compound instead of heat to melt the ice and keep your gutters free of ice.
Unclog and Clean Your Gutters
If you’ve never really done gutter maintenance before, or you don’t have the time to perform the task, it may be better to hire a professional roofer with experience to clean the system instead. While this comes highly recommended, the task can still be done by yourself. Just make sure you have the necessary tools for the cleaning, such as a ladder, gloves and a garden trowel or gutter scoop. Pressure washers are useful as well, but to save yourself from the tedious work each time you clean, have a gutter guard installed instead.
As a trusted name among local roofing companies, you can count on TEO Construction to get the job done. Call us today at (301) 466-3630 for more information, or you can fill out our convenient online contact form.