Even though you can barely see them, the gutters affixed to the edge of your roof are playing a pivotal role in protecting the roof itself and diverting rainwater from your home. As such, it's important to do everything you can to extend the life of your gutters. One of the best ways is to ensure that they're cleaned roughly twice per year; doing so prevents vegetation from building up inside them and blocking the water. When the temperature dips, the water will freeze and expand and can often crack the gutters, rendering them ineffective. Beyond regularly cleanings, here are three other ways you can help your gutters last as long as possible.
Ensure Your Downspouts Are Flowing
Although scheduling regular gutter cleanings is important, it's also necessary to keep an eye on the state of your downspouts. When it's raining, you should see water streaming from the end of the downspouts around the exterior of your home. If the water is only trickling out, it's likely that the downspouts themselves are blocked; this is possible even if the gutters are cleaned. The blockage can back the water up and split the gutters when the temperature dips below the freezing mark. You can clean your downspouts by removing them and spraying them out with a high-pressured hose nozzle.
Keep Tree Branches Away
Another way that your gutters can become damaged is through the interference of nearby trees. Branches can work their way underneath the gutters and pry them away from the edge of the roof. As such, it's important to always keep an eye on the position of the branches on the trees around your home. Whether you choose to trim them yourself or you would rather hire a tree service, this work should be performed before any branches grow too close to the house.
Always Use Ladder Gutter Guards
One of the easiest ways that your gutters can get damaged is by having a ladder placed directly above them. Whether you need to access your roof or your chimney or you're hiring a contractor to work above your home, ensure that ladder gutter guards will be used. These guards are available in several different styles, but the premise is that they attach to the end of the ladder so that its weight rests on the roof itself, rather than on the edge of the gutters where it can cause damage. Contact a business, such as Alaka'i Raingutters & Supplies, for more information.Share
23 February 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.