Spring is not only the best time to start a roofing project, but it’s also an ideal time to have your gutters checked. Here are the reasons why:
The Freeze-Thaw Cycle May Have Damaged Your Gutters
Winter can be harsh on your exterior, including your roof and gutters, which is why it’d be a good idea to have your gutters inspected in early spring. Sections of your gutter might have suffered cracks due to repeated contractions and expansions during the freeze-thaw cycle. Not to mention snowmelt usually leaves behind dirt, which, combined with leaves and other organic debris, can clog your gutters and cause rainwater to overflow.
Keep Pests Away
Dirt and decaying organic matter might start to attract insects such as roaches and termites, which start to emerge from hibernation and their underground colonies after winter. Keeping your gutters free of any debris throughout spring can help prevent pest infestations.
Prevent the Formation of Mold and Mildew
Downspout and gutter blockages may cause water to stagnate in sections of your gutters, creating a damp environment that’s a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. While mold can’t eat away at aluminum or steel gutter, there is the risk it can spread to roofing components made of wood, such as the fascia board. As such, it’s best to take all the necessary precautions and clean your gutters.
Prepare Your Gutters for Heavy Rain and Thunderstorms
Speaking of precautions, inspecting your gutters is one way of preparing your home for spring’s heavy rains and summer’s sudden thunderstorms. As an extra precaution, it’d be a good idea to have a gutter installation contractor check if your gutters have enough capacity to handle the average rainfall in your area.
Of course, after having your gutters inspected, it’s important to regularly maintain them to make sure they don’t get clogged. One way of reducing your gutters’ maintenance requirements is to install gutter protection. To learn more about your options, consult a reputable contractor.
Patriot Roofing LLC, an A-rated contractor with the Better Business Bureau®, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof repair services. To get a free estimate, call us at (405) 996-6787 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Edmond, OK, as well as the surrounding communities.