Now that it’s a new year, why should you have all the fun? Improve the performance and longevity of your gutter system with these New Year’s resolutions for your gutters.
Clean Gutters Regularly
When was the last time you cleaned the gutters? If you can’t remember or you don’t want to confess that it’s been three or more years, making a commitment to clean gutters regularly is a good New Year resolution to have. Many home exterior repairs are necessary due to water damage. By properly channeling water from the roof to the ground, your gutter system plays an important role in maintaining the structural integrity of your home. The downspouts are a part of your gutter system too – don’t forget that they need to be maintained as well. Gutters that are regularly cleaned are less likely to clog, develop overspill issues and attract pests.
This New Year plan on inspecting the gutters and make repairs as needed – if you leave them for later, the problems could get bigger (and cost more to fix). After a windstorm or a heavy rainfall, things can be shaken loose. When making a gutter inspection, look out for dents and holes; gutter sections or downpipes that have pulled away from the fascia or siding; worn seams; and trapped debris causing standing water.
Add Leaf Protection
If you’ve been thinking for a while now that leaf protection might be a good thing for your gutters, don’t procrastinate any longer. Especially if you have trees growing close to the house, a leaf protection system can keep a lot of debris out of the gutters. Added benefits to investing in leaf protection include less chance of unwanted nesters.
Add More Gutters
Today’s home can have more than one roof. If you’ve never had the occasion to do so, check to see that each roofline of your roofing system has its own gutter and downspout. Water from a multiple level roof should never be allowed to drain unchanneled from one level to another.