Autumn is a beautiful season in the Northeast, bringing every shade of yellow, orange, red, and brown to the landscape. As soon as the leaves start to fall off the trees, however, gutters can end up with the short end of the stick. Clogged gutters can increase the risk for water damage and threaten the structure of the gutter system. Keep your gutters performing well with this information for gutter maintenance.
When to Clean Your Gutters
Homeowners should plan to clean their gutters twice a year. Many choose to do so during the spring and fall months when the weather outside is comfortable. For fall cleaning, aim to clean your gutters whenever you see significant buildup or when the leaves are almost done falling. First, walk around your home and see if you spot any structurally weak points in your gutter system. Consider getting a 17-point roof inspection for a thorough rooftop evaluation, including gutter functioning from Top Quality Contractors. Call us to learn more.
If you choose to clean your gutters yourself, find a sturdy ladder and have someone spot you while you work. Don’t use the top two rungs of your ladder for standing and avoid leaning out to the sides while working on the ladder. If your gutters are more than one story up, consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning company. Wear gloves and systematically work your way around the roof, pulling the debris away with a hand rake and rinsing out the system with a hose.
Bent, leaking, or outdated gutters may need to be replaced with a new, more-efficient system. At Top Quality Contractors, our gutter replacement systems feature seamless connections that are attractive, easy to maintain, and highly protective. Aluminum and copper gutter systems can improve your home’s value and are always custom fitted by trained gutter specialists. Contact our team today to get started with your new seamless gutter system.