When most people think of home maintenance, they think of mowing the lawn, performing basic repairs around the house. 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.
Your gutters are one of the most essential components of the exterior of your home. If they are not functioning properly, your roof can be damaged. In addition, water damage can happen inside your home if your gutters are not channeling water away from your home in the correct manner. Therefore, it is crucial that you take good care of it.
Here are tips for maintaining your gutters
Inspect your gutters every year
The best time to inspect your gutters is during the spring and fall when the outdoor temperature is pleasant. No one wants to do this during the heat of the 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 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 cover the damage with a silicone rubber caulking compound. On the other hand, if the damage is more extensive, you might want to contact Sparks Roofers to ensure the repairs are done correctly.
Replace Damage Sections
While you are doing your inspection, you may come across sections of your gutters that are seriously damaged. If you don’t think you can repair the damage completely, it is always best to just replace the damaged section.
Clean your gutters every 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 many twigs, they should be cleaned immediately.
One of the easiest ways to prevent this type of buildup is to trim your tree branches that hang over the top of your home.
Wash Your Gutters
After you have removed all of the debris in your gutters, you can then wash them out with a hose to make sure they are completely clean and water is flowing out of the downspouts correctly. You must remove the debris before you turn the hose on your gutters. If you just try to rinse your gutters out with the hose from the start, it will often just create worse clogs in your gutters that are more difficult to remove.
Install Gutter Guards
If you find cleaning out your gutters every year to be a real hassle, you should think about installing gutter guards. Gutter guards are wire screens that fit over your gutters to keep debris from collecting inside them. The best gutter guards are made from aluminum so that they will not rust.
Gutter experts in Oklahoma
At Sparks Roofers, we have 33 years in combined experience in the roofing industry, helping Oklahoma 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. Call (918) 205-8606 and learn more on our services offered.