How to Prepare Your Roof and Gutters for the Colder Months

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The combination of your roof and gutter system is your home’s first line of defense from the elements. Your gutter, in particular, prevents rainwater from getting trapped and pooling on your roof. It collects water and other runoff and directs it to the downspouts for proper disposal.

As the seasons change, there are some practices you should adopt for your upkeep process. With falling leaves and higher moisture levels, you have to make sure your roof and gutters are clean and damage-free for the winter months.

Roof and Gutter Cleaning: How to Do It Right

When cold weather hits, the water stuck in your gutters will freeze and cause a blockage. When the ice melts, the unrestricted water flow can lead to flooding on your roof and the area directly under the downspout. Prevent this from happening by learning how to clean and prepare your gutter and roof.

Remove Debris

When your gutter is clogged with wet leaves, it can overflow and cause moisture damage to your roof and walls. It also becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes, termites, and other pests. Take the time to scoop out leaves, dirt, and other debris that have accumulated in your gutter. Do this regularly throughout the fall to prevent grime from sticking and hardening in the gutter and downspout.

Flush Out the Surface

After scooping out the leaves from your gutter, and clearing the roof of debris, flush out these areas with water. By pressure washing your gutter and roof, you dislodge smaller particles that you missed. It cleans out your downspouts and clears it of obstacles that can prevent a smooth water flow. This also helps you spot any leaks that need to be patched up.

Tighten Gutters

Over time, gutters often pull away from the fascia board that keeps them in place. This is caused by several factors, including aging, the weight of debris, and water flow strength. Tighten the spikes keeping your gutters attached to the fascia board to prevent them from moving and possibly breaking.

Prepare Your Gutter and Roof for Winter with Renova

Don’t let a leaky roof or frozen gutters ruin your winter season. By cleaning and inspecting your roof and gutter system now, you can address any issues in time for the first snowfall. If you don’t have time to do this yourself, Renova Exterior Detailing is here to help.

We understand the importance of gutter cleaning and pressure washing roofs. We have a skilled team who can carry out these tasks to prepare your home for the colder months. Give us a call on 206-941-2959 or email info@renovaexteriors.com for details.

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