An efficient gutter system protects your home’s exterior and foundations from water damage by diverting rainwater and melted snow toward downspouts and storm drains. However, like any other feature of your home, it can suffer wear and tear if not given the attention it deserves. Maintenance, therefore, is essential for its continuous function.
Today, Pechacek’s General Contracting, your local gutter installation contractor, shares the important steps to take to protect gutters from further damage.
Protection Against Hail and Snow
Hail and snow are two forms of precipitation that can also do a number on your roof and gutters. There are different approaches when it comes to protecting your gutters from both. Installing thick metallic gutters is the best method of prevention against hail. The thickness prevents hailstones from puncturing the material.
As for snow, gutter and roof repair pros recommend insulating the attic to keep the snow from melting. Investing in a de-icing system for the gutters can also be done, as well as reinforcing the gutters to bear the weight of ice.
Protection Against Water Damage
Despite its function, the gutter system isn’t immune to water’s damaging capacity. Standing water, for instance, can compromise the structural integrity of the whole system. Make sure the gutter sections are at the right pitch and slope to prevent water from collecting in a certain spot. Also, seal breaks in seamed gutters with epoxy. Apply water-resistant paint to prevent cracks. Trim back trees near your home—this exposes the gutters to sunlight so that they dry faster.
If your gutters are leaking or damaged, it may be time to replace them. As a leading gutter and roofing contractor in the area, Pechacek’s General Contracting can replace them with a quality gutter system in the material and color of your choice. Whatever the need, we’re here to provide the best care for your home.
Make sure your home’s gutters are ready to protect you from the elements. Call us today at (715) 425-9801 or (651) 332-4385 to get started. You can also fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve Hudson and River Falls, WI.