As snow continues to melt in Colorado, it is important to make sure your gutters are, and remain unblocked. Gutters are installed to channel rainwater and snowmelt away from your home. Clogged gutters can damage the roofing, rot fascia boards, attract termites and other wood destroying insects, crack and damage the foundation, and increase the chance of mold or mildew growth. Maintaining the gutters every six months, minimum, is your best defense against these expensive home repairs.
When to Clean Your Gutters
Twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall – is the expert recommended schedule for cleaning your gutters. If you have a lot of trees on your property, they may need to be cleaned quarterly, or after a big storm. It’s also not a bad idea to check your gutters and, equally, your downspouts for debris before a big storm. It’s dirty work, but an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Get the Gunk Out
Make sure you have a high-quality, sturdy extension ladder, and that you are adhering to best practices for ladder safety. Be sure the ladder is always placed on a stable and level surface; get a spotter if needed. Also, it’s a good idea to invest in stand-out stabilizers, which will prevent the ladder from damaging the gutters. If your house is two or more stories, or you’re not comfortable using a ladder, then hiring a pro to get the gunk out is your best bet.
Using a small garden trowel, gutter scoop or just your gloved hands, remove all debris and sediment from your gutters. Work your way from one side of the house to the other, moving the ladder as needed (never overstretch yourself on a ladder!), until you’ve gotten all the gunk out. Follow through by flushing the gutters and downspouts out using a garden hose or pressure washer. This will also clear out any remaining debris and help you identify any potential leaks.
Should I Replace My Gutters?
Professionally installed gutters have an expected lifespan of 20 to 50 years depending on material, weather conditions, proper routine maintenance, and other factors. Visibly damaged, rusted, sagging, or splitting gutters will need to be replaced. Minor problems such as loose gutters or missing downspouts, however, are often easily repairable. Whether repairing or replacing gutters, you may want to consider gutter guards to protect against debris, which means less maintenance.
With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in servicing, repair, reroofing, and installing roofs for residents throughout Denver and surrounding communities. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 for more information about these services.