13Oct

Prevent Damage on Your Gutters With These Useful Tips

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As one of the best roofing companies in the area, Empire Contractors LLC only wants what’s best for your home. If you want your gutters to work as effectively as it should, then you need to have it maintained and cared for regularly. Keeping your gutters clean also prevents any minor problems from compromising them later on. We’ve also shared below other useful tips to keep your gutters from getting damaged: 

Snow and Ice

It’s dangerous for snow and ice to melt on your roof, flow down to your gutters, and freeze again while inside. This is because it expands your gutters and causes them to crack and break off of your home. To prevent this, make sure your home has proper insulation in the attic. The insulation will keep warm air in your home while preventing snow from coming in.  Investing in a de-icing system will also melt the ice and keep it flowing to the downspouts. Consult with your trusted contractor so they’ll make sure your gutters are reinforced to bear the weight of the ice.

Water

Water should flow through gutters. However, gutters are not immune to its damaging capacity. Standing water can affect the structural integrity and can crack the molding which can lead to home damage. With direct sunlight however, it speeds up evaporation so your gutters dry faster. Make sure to layer your gutters with water-resistant paint to prevent cracking, and trim any nearby branches to let the gutters be exposed to the sunlight. If they’re already damaged, it’s best to have them repaired or replaced by a trusted professional.

Clogging

While some debris will flow through just fine, some may be too big and get clogged within your gutters. Over time, the pressure from any flowing water compresses it together. As the debris gets clogged, it increases the pressure on your gutters. The pressure will then cause the flowing water to either go over the side or force the gutter to expand. To avoid this, place gutter guards as the will keep the debris from clogging your gutters. Also make sure to clean at least once a month during the wet months.  When you need a trusted specialist in roofing and siding services, don’t hesitate to hire Empire Contractors LLC. Contact us at (513) 244-2200 or through our online request form, and we’ll get the job done right the first time. We serve Cincinnati and neighboring OH areas.

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