Gutters in the Winter Months, Be Prepared

Gutters in the Winter Months, Be PreparedTake precautions for your gutters in the winter months, be prepared ahead of time by asking our friendly folks at Alpine Gutters & Downspouts in Denver for some great advice. By taking these next few pointers to heart, you’ll ensure a well-functioning system this winter and the following spring.

Colorado’s cold and snowy winter is fast approaching, and if you’ve lived in the area for a while, you know it can be unpredictable when it arrives. This can wreak havoc on an unprepared gutter system, which is one of the most important parts of your roof. It diverts water away from your home, protects your siding, walls, and even the very foundation of your home from water damage.

So, the first thing you need to do is get your gutters cleaned, preferably by the professionals. It is essential to ensure that the gutters are clog-free during winters. Thoroughly clean your gutters and downspouts, ensuring all leaves, twigs, and other debris that have fallen during autumn are all cleared out before the winter arrives. This will be a big ugly job if left unattended to by wintertime.

Next, check your gutters for rust or corrosion. When inspecting gutters, seal small cracks with a sealant or strong adhesive, or if you have steel gutters, check for exposed metal. Bare metal tends to rust faster. Be sure to paint or seal over these exposed areas, check your gutter brackets and replace if necessary to avoid sagging or hanging gutters that will not direct water correctly. Check downspouts for cracks and repair if necessary. Seamless gutters are also another option to help with your existing irrigation system.

Don’t forget to prep for avoiding ice dams. Keep melting snow from refreezing in the gutters and seeping under the roof or soaking interior walls by ventilating your attic. The colder it is, the less melting and refreezing there will be on the roof. Also, insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house and consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

These are great tips to help prevent costly winter repairs, and let’s face it, who wants to venture out in the dead of winter to deal with a gutter situation? Take a moment now, maybe during halftime of the next Broncos game, to get you ladder out and do an inspection of your gutter system.

Instead of worrying about your gutters in the winter months, be prepared with help from Alpine Gutters & Downspouts in Denver. If your own inspection reveals any areas of concern, give us a call for service. Not only do we have great prices, but our experts have the knowledge it takes to help you avoid damage to your home when the snow and cold set in. Any issue that’s going on with your gutter system will be fixed and components replaced to ensure your gutter and downspout system is Colorado winter ready.

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