As winter is just around the corner, you want the gutter system on your composite shingle roof to do a great job. During the colder months, keeping this system in good shape is essential, as it reroutes the water away from the foundation of your house, preventing thousands of dollars worth of structural damage.
Also, snow causes significant damage to various parts of your composite shingle roof. Here are three tips, which you can use to keep gutter in tip-top shape this winter:
Check the anchors and seams
The first thing you need to do is find out if there are any leaks in the gutter system. They are dangerous during winter, as they can do extensive damage to your property, before you even realize what is happening.
Take a look at the anchors and seams of the gutter, to see if they are correctly attached to your roof. There shouldn’t be any types of gaps between the gutter and fascia, as it can lead to problems during the colder months.
Inspect the surrounding structure for damage
During winter, your roof will have to bear extra weight for long periods, especially when it snows. If your structure surrounding the gutter is already weak, it can collapse under this weight, causing significant damage to your property, while putting the lives of your family in danger. Take a look at the entire structure around the gutter, such as the siding and fascia for signs of damage, such as rotting and staining.
Test diverters and downspouts
Diverters and downspouts are essential elements in the gutter system, as they redirect water away from the foundation. Due to this reason, you should make sure that there are no problems with them. Take a hose and allow the water to run through the diverters and downspouts. If the water flows back, it is a sign of blockage. At the same time, if you see water pooling near the foundation, it is an indicator that you need to replace them as soon as possible.
These are the three ways you can keep your gutter in tip-top shape this winter. If you notice any problems, contact Prodigy Roofing & Construction immediately. Our roofing contractors have the expertise to fix all types of issues and keep your gutters clean at the same time. Once our contractors arrive at your property, you will get the estimate for repairs, for free!