While taking care of your gutters may not be the first thing that comes to mind as part of your household winter prep, this is one part of your preparations that should not be overlooked! As the roofers at Miller Custom Exteriors explain, ensuring that your gutters will be able to make it through fall and winter can have a significant impact on the well-being of your home.
Your gutters play an essential role in protecting your roofing and other parts of your property. When clogs or leaks hurt your gutters’ performance, the rest of your home can suffer. Clogged or leaky gutters can lead to wood rot in your roof and walls, a cracked foundation, a leaky roof, and even freezing ice on your sidewalks during the winter! Cold temperatures increase the risk of these problems, which makes performing a pre-winter maintenance inspection of your gutters an absolute must.
Start by cleaning out any leaves or other debris from your gutters and performing a visual inspection to check for sagging or rusted areas. You can even check for leaks by spraying your roofing with a hose and watching to make sure the gutters drain the water properly.
If there are any serious maintenance issues, it is important that you take care of repairs before winter hits. Installing a gutter guard can prevent clogs from building up later on, but if significant portions of your gutter are rusted or otherwise damaged, you might need to replace your gutters entirely.
Don’t wait to take care of these repairs! Making sure your gutters are prepared for winter could ultimately protect your family from a wide range of winter mishaps.