Residential and commercial roofing contractors alike recognize the importance of well-maintained gutters and downspouts. These roofing accessories are responsible for draining water off the roof and keeping the whole system safe against water-related problems. Any problem with your gutters can easily extend to other parts of your home.
During winter, gutter problems can lead to other more serious problems with your roofing system. What makes this dangerous is that homeowners often don’t know about these issues until the season turns, at which point, preventive measures are usually too late. Here are a few tips from our experts at John Henderson Construction, LLC on how to keep your gutters and downspouts safe this winter.
Clean Your Gutters
Many roof repair and new roof installation contractors also offer gutter cleaning services. Book an appointment with them in the late fall or just before winter rolls around. Leaves from nearby trees and other debris are the number one cause of gutter clogging problems and the only way to avoid them is with regular cleaning.
Trim the Trees
You can minimize the debris falling into your eavestroughs by making sure nearby trees are trimmed so that none of them are directly over your gutters. It’s surprising how fast trees can regrow their branches, especially during spring and summer so make sure that annual trimming is part of your regular maintenance chores.
Inspect the Downspouts
Hire residential roof services to fully inspect your gutter systems including your downspouts and diverters. These can often clog up as easily as gutters which could lead to similar problems. Make sure they check the brackets and fasteners that hold your gutters in place as well. Any sign of corrosion or weakness might get exacerbated by the weight of snow during winter so it’s best to avoid this problem right from the start.
Our professionals at John Henderson Construction, LLC will be more than happy to keep your gutters and downspouts safe and ready for the cold season ahead. Give us a call in RI at (401) 615-2224 or in CT at (860) 415-4055, or fill out our contact form to schedule a maintenance visit or request a free estimate on gutter installation today.