Winter weather is usually associated with snow, slippery roads, and hot drinks. However, many homeowners forget that winter can also bring harsh weather conditions that can damage their gutters. To ensure that your gutters remain in good condition throughout the winter season, it’s important to take steps to protect them. Here are some tips from the experts at Tiger Gutters on how to protect your gutters during winter.
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
Before winter arrives, make sure to clean out your gutters. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can accumulate in your gutters and cause clogs. When clogs form, water can get backed up in the gutters and freeze, which can cause the gutters to become brittle and break. Over time, this can lead to costly gutter repairs or replacements.
2. Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are a great way to protect your gutters from debris, ice, and snow. Gutter guards are placed over the gutters and help keep out leaves, twigs, and other debris that can clog the gutters. They also help prevent snow and ice from building up and freezing in the gutters.
3. Check for Missing or Damaged Seals
Make sure to check for any missing or damaged seals on your gutters. Missing or damaged seals can allow water to seep into the gutters and freeze, which can cause the gutters to become brittle and break. If you notice any missing or damaged seals, make sure to have them replaced right away.
4. Repair or Replace Any Damaged Gutters
If you notice any dents, cracks, or other signs of damage in your gutters, make sure to repair or replace them right away. Damaged gutters can become brittle and break when exposed to freezing temperatures.
5. Make Sure Your Downspouts Are Clear
Make sure to check your downspouts for any debris that may be blocking the flow of water. If the downspouts are clogged, water can’t flow out of the gutters and may freeze and cause damage.
6. Inspect Your Roof
Make sure to inspect your roof for any signs of damage. If your roof is damaged, it can cause water to leak into the gutters and freeze, which can cause the gutters to become brittle and break.
By taking these steps, you can help protect your gutters from winter weather and ensure they remain in good condition. If you need help with gutter repair or installation, contact the experts at Tiger Gutters. We’re here to help keep your gutters in top condition all year long!