The arrival of winter not only means that holiday season is here, but that your gutters might not get the care they need. The cold weather sometimes leads to some homeowners avoiding regular maintenance of their gutters. It is not until the weather warms up that they realize the damage caused by the neglect. To avoid this situation, here are few ways to protect your gutters this winter:
Trim the Trees
Some homeowners mistakenly believe that by the time winter arrives, the leaves are through falling. However, leaves can continue to fall well into the season. The leaves can fill the gutters and clog them.
When this happens, melting snow and ice or rain does not have a clear path to drain from your roof. The water could end up spilling down the side of your home and cause damage to the foundation.
To avoid this, take the time to trim your trees before the weather turns too cold. Doing it now will not only protect your gutters but also keep you out of the colder weather.
Install Heating Cables
When melting snow and ice drain into your gutters, they can sometimes form ice dams. The dams are basically blocks of ice in your gutters. Not only will this obstruct the drainage of water from your roof, but they can weigh down the gutters and lead to them separating from the home.
You can prevent this by installing heating cables in your gutters. The cables will keep the gutters heated, which discourages an ice buildup. If you do opt to install cables, make sure you also place them in the downspouts.
For safety reasons, hire a roofer to install the cables. If the cables overlap or are incorrectly installed, they can lead to a fire.
Use a Gutter Screen
The cold weather is usually a period of hibernation for animals, but some smaller pests might still be moving around. Pests, such as birds and squirrels, can try to make a home in your gutters. Unfortunately, their homes can cause significant damage to the gutters.
To prevent this, you can use a gutter screen. The screens are typically made of mesh and prevent the pests from moving in while allowing water from the roof to flow into the gutters.
Talk to your roofer about other ways you can make sure your home's gutters are ready to take on the cold weather. Contact a company like Complete Gutter Solutions for more information and assistance.