Gutters may be exposed to more than 1,900 gallons of precipitation during a rainstorm. You need gutters to be in prime condition all year round to effectively protect your home, landscape and foundation from water damage. In today’s post, local gutter and siding contractor Quality One Roofing Inc shares gutter maintenance tips that can help keep your gutters in shape all year long.
Clean Your Gutters Regularly
Keeping the gutters clean is critical. While cleaning the gutters during the fall season is a must due to the buildup of falling leaves, you should inspect your gutters periodically throughout all four seasons and clean them as needed. Regular cleaning and maintenance help reduce the risk of an overflow during a torrential downpour. In addition, consider investing in a quality gutter protection system. A high-quality system will help reduce the need for frequent gutter cleaning and maintenance.
Don’t Postpone Gutter Repairs
Are your gutters damaged? If so it’s important to prioritize repairs, just like you would for your asphalt shingle or metal roofing system. Delaying repairs can increase the risk of corrosion. After cleaning your gutters, inspect the gutter troughs, joints, and fasteners for signs of corrosion. You may need to repaint or recoat bare spots, while caulk on joints may need to be reapplied.
Keep the Downspouts Clear
The downspouts are just as important as other parts of your gutter system. When inspecting your gutters, make sure the downspouts are clear. Use the same care as you would on other parts of the gutters. Repaint and reapply caulk as needed. If you have attachments such as downspout extensions or a rainwater collection system, make sure the transitions are not loose and replace worn-out parts as needed.