Roof and Gutter Maintenance

The leaves are changing and the weather’s crisp and cool. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a bonfire with friends, drink hot cider, watch some football, and clean your gutters . . . What? Look, I know that roof and gutter maintenance isn’t a lot of fun, but it’s necessary to prolong the life and health of your roofing system. Once winter hits, roofing repairs will be much harder to do, so it’s best to take care of roof and gutter maintenance now, before the weather drops or any snow falls. Use our tips and tricks to ensure that your roof and gutters are in tip-top shape for the (likely) long winter ahead.

Roof and Gutter Maintenance

Roof and Gutter Maintenance

  1. Clean your gutters. Many people choose to hire a roofing professional to clean their gutters, but you can complete the chore yourself if you’re comfortable with the height and the process. Wait until the end of the season, when most leaves, acorns, seedlings, etc., have fallen. You will need a ladder, bucket, leaf scooper, and broom. This task is a nuisance, but if you take a few hours to do it, you won’t have to worry about it again until next year. While you’re up there, make note of any damaged or missing parts and repair them as well, as part of your roof and gutter maintenance routine.
  2. Consider installing gutter covers. If you really do dread cleaning your gutters, consider installing gutter covers. These covers filter out leaves and debris from rainwater, so you won’t have to clean your gutters each year. The treatment costs about $3-$6 per three-foot length of gutter guard, with wider options costing more than narrower options. You can also do this project yourself, but it is an exhausting job and it will likely last longer if installed by a pro.
  3. Review the roof’s condition and complete any needed repairs. Summer storms might have torn at your roof and if so, now is the time to take action. Once the temperature drops and everything freezes, it will be far more dangerous to climb up on your roof, so look over your roof now and note any flaws. Moisture accumulation, mold, damaged shingles, leaks, and ventilation/insulation issues can all be a sign of a damaged roof. If you find anything amiss, repair it now, before Jack Frost comes to town.
  4. Trim any pestering trees. If any tree branches have been creeping toward your house, now is the time to trim them back. Check that branches aren’t touching your roof, gutters, and windows. You should also be wary of any branches hanging above your house. If they’re weighed down with ice this winter, they could fall and damage your home. You can trim small branches on your own if you like, but bigger branches and trees should be trimmed by professionals.

 

Roof and Gutter Maintenance

If you’re comfortable climbing up on your roof (and will exercise great caution), feel free to do these roof and gutter maintenance jobs yourself. If not, you can always contact a professional, who will be able to clean your gutters, inspect your roof, and complete any needed repairs. By attending to small problems now, you’ll prevent them from escalating into larger problems in the future.