When it comes to your home, nothing helps prevent leaks and water damage like a properly maintained roof. Though annual roof inspections and regular repairs will help prevent the majority of common roofing problems, it’s not the only thing you need to do to maintain your home’s exterior. In fact, cleaning the gutters
regularly is just as important as repairing broken shingles. While you can and should have them cleaned throughout the year, it’s especially important to take the time to clean them out before spring rolls in. Your trusted Denver roofer explains why.
Winter Weather Damages Gutters
Even during dry winters, Colorado still sees its fair share of freezing conditions. While typically harmless, if ice builds up in the gutters, it can push against the metal, causing it to spread or crack. Over time, this can lead to leaks inside your walls and foundation issues beneath the structure itself. Cleaning your gutters during the tail end of winter allows you to inspect the entire system for damage before the rainy season begins. The sooner cracks, dents, and holes are detected, the less likely it is that your home will experience any significant water damage come spring. Remember, even small leaks can lead to mold growth in your home and it’s far better to prevent mold than to have to find an experienced team to clean up
Debris Happens Throughout the Year
Believe it or not, fallen leaves are not the only things that can clog your gutters during the winter. In fact, all that snow and ice can lead your shingles to shed their protective granules prematurely. When allowed to collect in the gutters, the granules can trap additional debris, making it difficult for water to drain off the roof and away from your home properly. Furthermore, granule loss indicates roof damage and an increased risk for water leaks on your property. Cleaning the gutters will let you make the necessary repairs before spring while allowing you to give your roof a cursory inspection at the same time.
It’s Better to Catch Up Now
If you didn’t clean your gutters in the fall, you’ll likely have a buildup of leaves and debris already sitting inside the system. Waiting for a torrential downpour to wash the debris away not only won’t work, but it may cause damage to your roof, siding, landscaping, and your foundation. Debris buildup clogs gutters, forcing the water to flow over the edge of the gutters, landing far away from the ideal drainage area. Cleaning your gutters is simple preventative maintenance that helps set your roof and your house up for success once the wet season rolls in.
While you can clean your home’s gutters on your own, you don’t have to. At Big Creek Roofing, our experienced team will get the job done quickly so you can focus on getting the rest of your home ready for warmer weather. When you trust our crew to clean your gutters, you’ll get more than a clean drainage system—we’ll inspect the entire gutter system for damage and provide free estimates on all repair work so you’ll know precisely what to expect before any work is done. Don’t put off repairs. Contact us today