Warm weather and dry days make summer the perfect time for home maintenance, including your gutters. Often, homeowners can forget gutters until they become a problem, but as a savvy homeowner, you are taking action to learn the importance of gutter maintenance and all you need to know to get it done on a regular basis!
Why Do Maintenance in Summer?
Beyond the prime weather conditions to get up on the roof, it is recommended to clean during summer months to check the aftermath of spring rain, guard against summer storms, and prepare for the upcoming fall weather.
What Does Gutter Maintenance Entail?
The first obvious step of your gutter maintenance is to clean them out. You should remove any debris, including sticks, leaves, animal/insect nests, mold, moss, or anything else clogging them up.
2. Identify Damage
Next, you want to take an in-depth look at your gutter system to identify any problems. It would be best if you looked for cracks, holes, sagging, broken sealant, and rust. Additionally, you need to check for leaks.
The best way to check for leaks is actually to wait for rain. When it is raining, go outside and walk the perimeter of your home. As you look up, you will be able to notice any leaks that you couldn’t otherwise see when it was dry. In addition, you will be able to quantify any water damage on your siding or foundation. Please make note of any water channels in your landscaping coming from your gutters to your foundation, as it may be an indicator of water damage in your foundation or basement.
3. Repair Damage
Now that you have identified any damage, it is time to get it fixed. As a crafty homeowner, you may be able to do some of the repairs yourself. However, if you are unfamiliar with gutter repair or have a dangerous roof, it is highly recommended that you seek assistance from a professional gutter company.
Remember, roof safety should always be a priority. Many accidents happen each year to overconfident homeowners who think they can handle repairs themselves. Be wise and choose the safest option, not the cheapest.
4. Install New Gutters
While high-quality gutters can last for decades, there will come a time when you may need to install new gutters, whether it is a partial or full installation. For more information about the installation process and what options are available to you, please give us a call at Lance Roofing for a quote.
5. Roof Inspection
Since you or a contractor are already up there, you may as well perform a roof inspection at the same time. Curious about what you should look for? Check HERE for more information!
Having a well-maintained roof and gutter system is vital for the safety and longevity of your home. Don’t wait until the last minute to fix a problem, but prevent them instead. It will end up saving you thousands of dollars down the road. Whether you need a roof inspection or gutter repair, Lance Roofing is here to help! For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.