Your gutter and roofing replacement contractor will tell you that gutters are an indispensable part of your home. This is because it redirects rainwater away from your home and your foundation away to a safe place. This prevents numerous issues like mold, rot, and other issues caused by ponding water. As such, it’s in your best interest to keep your gutters performing well for as long as possible. In this post, Meredith Home Improvements, a top gutter contractor, shares some tips to help your gutters stay in top shape all year long.


How to Optimize Your Gutters


Clear Your Gutters


This is probably the first thing on your fall cleaning checklist. You should do this more than once for the best results. Remember that debris and clutter in your gutters can cause water to overflow onto the ground, or back onto your roof. Since your gutters are adjacent to your roofing eaves, you can clean it carefully if you live in a one-story home. Otherwise, we recommend hiring a professional gutter cleaning expert for the best results. Remember that some gutters can’t be properly cleaned without the proper skills or tools required.


Prevent Ice Formations


It’s a good idea to clean your gutters before winter comes. This is because your gutter and roofing contractors would tell you that leftover dirt and debris on your gutters can lead to frozen water that can reach the edge of your roof. When ice gets trapped between the cracks around your roof and shingles, the temperature disparity between the inside and outside can cause water to infiltrate your home. This leads to serious water damage that can compromise your roof’s integrity.


Install Gutter Guards


One of the best ways to reduce your need for frequent cleaning and maintenance is to install gutter guards. Gutter guards prevent your gutters from accumulating debris. Fortunately, there are products that are easy to install, like snap-on products that have wire-mesh covers that prevent debris from settling on your gutters. However, you’ll still need to clean the covers when the season ends.


At Meredith Home Improvements, we are always ready to help with your roofing needs. We are one of the area’s most trusted commercial and residential roofers. Give us a call at (412) 831-9991 or fill out our contact form to get a free inspection.