A well-maintained gutter system does a great job of diverting falling water away from your home. But it may not be as effective during the winter months, especially when the ice builds up and clogs the downspouts. To keep your gutters in good condition during the winter season, roof damage specialist South Shore Roofing, Inc. shares some useful cleaning and maintenance tips:
You’ll need to check your gutters and troughs for repairs that need to be made. That way, you can complete the gutter repairs before the winter sets in. Inspecting and repairing the gutters, will give you an idea of what damage occurred over the winter when you perform your inspection and gutter maintenance in the spring.
While it’s recommended that you have your gutters cleaned by a professional, this can still be done by yourself using a sturdy ladder, gloves, and a garden trowel or gutter scoop. You may also use pressure washers, but you can cut down on the inconvenience of clearing debris by having gutter guards installed by a trusted new roof contractor.
If you’re a homeowner who’s never done gutter maintenance before or you simply don’t have the knowledge or time to perform the task, it may be better to hire a trusted professional with experience to clean the gutters for you.
One of the best ways to winterize your gutter system is to install heat tape. This produces heat to remove the ice blockage that can occur from water being frozen in the gutter and troughs. You can also consider installing a de-icer, which instead of using heat to thaw the ice, uses a chemical compound to melt it and keep your gutters ice-free.
Whether you need to winterize your gutter system or just an honest roof estimate, make sure to hire one of the best single ply and metal roofing companies in the area. Call South Shore Roofing, Inc. today at (781) 826-7663! You can also fill out our online contact form to get started.