Regardless of the gutter system you use, it will need maintenance to ensure the roof does not experience rotting in the wood under the shingles or whatever roof system you use.
Gutters need to get leaves and debris cleared regularly; a dam of leaves will gather in the gutter at the downspout and plug it up. The accumulation of leaves will eventually cause rust and corrosion, destroying your gutters.
You can usually tell when there is a clog caused by leaf buildup because of the “waterfall effect” at the downspout, or the gutter is sagging in the middle with the same type waterfall present. Gutter guards will lessen the occurrence of leaf stockpiles.
Install Gutter Guards
Installing gutter guards is a do-it-yourself (DIY) project if you have the tools, time, know-how and physical dexterity. If you don’t have these, you can usually hire a general contractor to do this for a reasonable price.
What keeps most homeowners from pursuing this installation as a DIY job is usually having or being able to borrow the right ladder. You need a ladder or extension to keep from crushing your gutters.
Once you have the ladder, it just depends on the type of guards you will install what tools you need. Most gutter guards made of a wire mesh snap in place and open with hinges. Therefore, these are easy enough to put in place.
Clear Ice Dams
In the winter months, ice dams can occur along the edge of the roof. Repairing the roof might be necessary, but the problem when ice dams recur every winter is likely the insulation between the roof and the heated area of the home. It could be an indication that you do not have enough insulation to prevent the heat from escaping and melting the snow on the roof. Another cause could be an obstruction in the gutter. You should have a contractor inspect your attic, gutters and roof.
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