Gutters and downspouts are essential parts of any roofing system. Their primary function is to divert water away from the roof structure and channel them safely into a drainage site away from your home. Without gutters, your roof is more prone to water penetration problems and you can expect leaks to occur more frequently in your home.
Regular and thorough maintenance is needed to ensure that your gutters and downspouts do their jobs and do them well. Unfortunately, Canadian winters are notoriously harsh on your gutters. Here are some tips from our experts at Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. on how to get your gutters and downspouts ready for the season.
Clean Your Gutters
Nothing can cause premature roof repair more than clogged up gutters. The fall season often leaves behind a lot of fallen leaves which, if there are trees near your home, often ends up in your gutters. Before the season starts, contact your local roofing company for a thorough cleaning of your gutters and downspouts. Regular cleaning is needed throughout the year to keep your eavestroughs free of any dirt, debris or leaves that could cause clogging issues.
Inspect the Anchors
Leaves may be the number one culprit for clogging, but they also cause another problem: sagging. These obstructions typically hold water, which increases the weight inside the troughs. Over time, this could damage the seams and anchors. Ask your contractor to include an inspection of the fasteners that hold the gutter in place the next time you’re due for a roof inspection.
De-Ice Your Downspouts
Lastly, don’t forget to ask your roofing contractor to remove any ice that may have formed on and around your downspouts and diverters. Ice can cause blockages that will back up the rest of your gutter systems. In addition to de-icing the downspouts, check that they also drain water away from your home to prevent problems like basement flooding.
At Century Roofing and Siding Ltd., we can help you get your gutters, downspouts and roof ready for the cold days ahead. Give us a call at (613) 738-1774 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Nepean and other nearby communities in ON.