When most people think of home maintenance, they think of mowing the lawn, performing basic repairs around the house, and having the HVAC company out twice a year to give the heating and cooling system a once over.
Most people don’t realize that gutter maintenance is one of the most important things they can do to ensure they get the longest life possible out of their roof.
Inspect your gutters twice a year
The best time to inspect your gutters is during the spring and fall, when the outdoor temperature is agreeable. No one wants to do this during the heat of day during the summer, and it probably goes without saying, that inspecting your gutters during the winter would be equally unpleasant.
One of the first things you should look for is whether your gutters have any standing water. Are sections starting to sag? Are they separating from your roof? Have you noticed any holes, cracks or rust?
If you do see several cracks or holes, and they’re relatively small, you may be able to patch the damage with a silicone rubber caulking compound.
On the other hand, if the damage is more extensive, you’ll want to contact an experienced gutter repair company in Denver to ensure the repairs are done correctly.
When gutters are damaged, you’ll want to address the issue right away. When gutters aren’t working properly, rain water will run down the side of your home. Not only can this damage the paint or siding, it can also lead to leaks.
These types of leaks can quickly spread to the interior of your home and this can lead to a laundry list of unpleasant problems, including but not limited to water damage and mold.
Clean your gutters twice a year
When you’re inspecting your gutters, you’ll also want to see if they’ve started to collect debris. If you’ve noticed that you have more than your fair share of leaves that are falling onto the top of your home, or that your gutters have collected a significant number of twigs, they should be cleaned promptly.
One of the easiest ways to prevent this type of buildup is to trim back tree branches that hang overtop of your home.
Don’t forget to check the downspouts for possible clogs!
At Great Western Roofing, we have years of experience in helping Denver homeowners with all of their gutter maintenance, repair, and replacement needs. If you need help repairing the ones you have, or you think it’s time to look into replacing them, we can help.
When you contact our company, we’ll help you understand the pros and cons of different types of materials and we’ll help you find the system that will work best for both your home and your budget.