Are Your Gutters at Risk This Winter?
December 19, 2016 at 9:46 AM
Winter is coming.
Are your gutters ready? Winter weather poses some of the biggest threats of the year for your gutters, even here in Charlotte where the winters are relatively mild. Are you wondering whether your gutters are at risk? Here are a few things to consider before winter’s chill fully sets in…
When your gutters are clogged with debris such as fallen leaves, sticks, or even animal nests, they can’t properly funnel water away from your home. In fact, clogged gutters present a huge issue concerning large volumes of water. When water standing in your clogged gutters freezes, it turns into huge chunks of ice that add weight – unevenly dispersed – to the entire system. This can even pull the gutters away from your house! Be sure to have your gutters professionally cleaned as soon as possible to prevent a winter problem.
Trim Tree Branches
It’s not too late to trim the trees around your house! When winter weather hits, trees become waterlogged with precipitation that never dries, and a snap freeze can easily cause whole limbs and branches to come crashing down with extra weight. Falling branches pose one of the biggest threats to your gutters this time of year, and even to your roof itself. Don’t let your trees knock your gutters loose, dent your gutter downspouts, or even poke a hole in your roof. Have your trees trimmed at least once every other year to keep winter surprises at bay.
Get Gutter Protection
Are you worried about whether your gutters will still become clogged in winter, even after having them professionally cleaned more than once already this year? It might be time to consider a gutter cover or other gutter protection system. Gutter protection systems don’t just keep leaves out, they keep the water in, funneling it efficiently away from your house so you won’t end up with standing water on your roof. Winter can actually be a great time to work with a professional roofing and gutter company in your area as their installation season is likely beginning to slow down.
Concerned about your gutters? Contact H&S Roofing and Gutter Company, Charlotte’s oldest family owned, roofing and gutter company for an on-site evaluation of your entire gutter and roof system. Winter is coming whether you’re ready or not!