How to Winterize Your Gutters

Closeup view of covered guttersIt is that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the weather is crisp, and everyone is starting to think about the holidays. However, around this time homeowners in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina should also be thinking about making plans to protect their homes for the winter months. One big area that needs attention in the winter is your gutter system. So, check out this guide on how to winterize your gutters compiled by your friends at Exterior Source.

Inspect Your Gutters

Before the harsh winter weather rolls in, give your gutters an inspection. Check to see if your gutters have any cracks or tears and ensure they are properly attached to your home. The weight of snow and ice can damage your gutters and cause them to become loose. If you notice any issues, it is a good idea to address them sooner rather than later.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

No one really enjoys cleaning out gutters, but it is an essential part of keeping your system safe in the winter. Accumulated debris can create clogs that impede water’s ability to flow, causing it to become stuck and frozen. This causes excessive wear to your gutter system and can result in damage.

Keep Your Attic Well Insulated and Ventilated

In the winter, one of the biggest risks to your gutters are ice dams and icicles. Ice dams are formed when snow on your roof melts and then refreezes along the eaves of your roof. Ice dams and the icicles that form around them can damage or tear off your gutters. A well-insulated and ventilated roof will prevent excess heat from melting snow and causing ice dams.

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If you need high-quality gutters that will stand up to the elements, contact Exterior Source. We offer industry-leading LeafGuard­TM gutters that are sure to wow you!

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