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Last Updated on 28 September 2017

Five Gutter and Roof Winter Preparation Tips

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Fall cleaning tasks usually involve winter preparations. You cover up any outdoor toys and remove them to storage, if possible. You take down all outdoor furniture and move them into the shed, for the coming cold weather. You might even take your vehicle in for a quick tune up and change of tires. During your winter weather preparations, don?t forget to prepare your house also.

Inspect the roof
The best time to inspect the roof is as fall transitions into winter. The fall brings a lot of leaves and excessive leaves on the roof can put a lot of excess weight on it. If you live in a place with a lot of surrounding trees, you might even need to remove leaves a couple of times throughout the season. While you are inspecting and removing leaves from the roof, you should also look for excessive leave buildup in the gutters. Both new gutters and old gutters can become damaged if the leaves get blocked.

Inspect the gutters
It can also be helpful to do a full gutter inspection during this time. Inspect the gutters at the beginning of fall and then again, at the end of fall. This will give you a good gauge of how well your new gutters are working. It will also tell you if you need to schedule a professional gutter repair and cleaning service. Be sure to check both the gutters and downspouts, as both are an important part of the roof cleaning system.

Replace your gutters or downspouts, if needed
If you constantly need repairs on your gutters, it might be time to change them. Gutter repair services can be expensive and after so many of them, it might be a better decision to just get new gutters. Some gutters also allow you to replace specific gutter parts, instead of replacing all of the gutters. Aluminum gutters are available in seamless or in sections help together with rivets or screws and sealed with caulk. Lightweight (.025 inch thick) and medium weight (.027 inch) aluminum are susceptible to denting and bending, heavyweight (.032 inch) aluminum lasts longer, about 25 years. Make sure you choose your new gutters material based on the specific conditions of your house.

Keep track of heavy snowfalls
A couple of snow falls throughout the year are unlikely to do a lot of damage to your roof and gutters. However, getting hit with multiple snow storms over a couple of days can lead to roof and gutter problems. Keeping track of heavy snowfalls, or rain can help you inspect your roof and gutters more often. It might not seem like a lot, but even a heavy rainfall can put added wear and tear on the roof. An inch of rainfall doesn?t sound like much, for example, but when it falls on an average sized roof, it adds up to a 1,900 gallon torrent sluicing off the eaves.

Choose copper for longer lasting
The longest lasting gutter materials are copper. If you are predicting a long and cold winter, it might be a good idea to get new gutters that are made with copper materials. Copper gutters never rust or need painting and they should last 100 years in any climate. They are available in seamless or sections and in three weights, 16, 18, and 20 ounces. They, however, should never be soldered, as it oxidizes to a matte brown in a matter of months, and eventually, blue green over decades.

Many households are in the full swing of winter preparations. Before we know it, the chilly air of fall will be replaced with the cold and snow of winter. Make sure your lawn ornaments are brought in and inspect both your roof and gutters. Schedule an appointment to have your gutters cleaned, if needed. This is also a good time to replace your gutters for optimal protection. Copper gutters tend to look the best and last the longest.

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