While the summer months aren’t generally as bad as the fall when it comes to leaves and random debris finding their way into your gutters, one of the worst things you can do as summer finally begins to wind down in the coming weeks is to ignore your gutters entirely. Debris buildup still occurs during the summer months for a wide range of reasons, and all of this collected debris can be bad news for your home in a number of different ways. In an effort to help you make sure that your gutters are getting the care they need as summer starts to wind down and we prepare to move into fall in the coming weeks, our team of skilled New Jersey roofing contractors have taken the time to put together this short list identifying several of the most important gutter maintenance tasks to get done before summer comes to a close.
First up, you are going to want to make sure that you give your gutters a good cleaning before we move into fall completely. This is something you can either hire a professional to come out and do for you, or something you can do yourself depending on the amount of time you have available. If you choose to do it yourself, the best thing to do is to set your hose on the high pressure setting and blast those debris out of the way. For any particularly stubborn areas, you can put on some gloves and remove them by hand.
As you are either going over your gutters and giving them a good cleaning, or you are having a professional do so, you are going to want to make sure that your gutters get thoroughly inspected and receive any repairs they might need. Whether this involves just tightening up some screws to secure everything in place or replacing damaged components, you want to make sure that everything is securely in place and ready for the coming fall and winter months. Ignoring maintenance now could wind up costing you big time in the months to come.
While raking up leaves and trimming back trees will do their part to help prevent future clogging of your gutters, it is never going to solve the problem entirely. Eventually, debris and possibly even pests are going to find their way into your gutters where they can cause a great deal of damage to your roof and your home overall. Installing gutter guards is a great way to ensure that your gutters are protected from pest invasions, as well as harmful buildups of organic debris. Gutter guards will go a long way in helping to keep your gutters well protected going into the fall by keeping leaves and other debris from finding their way in and causing large clogs.