No matter where you live or the time of year your gutters are at risk. From dead leaves and heavy rainfall to ice dams and pesky animals, the gutters on your home or commercial building need high quality protection so it can effectively divert rainwater from your roof and siding. As a homeowner or commercial building owner you need to be aware of common hazards that could affect the performance of your gutter system.
Leaves & Debris – Living in Connecticut and Westchester County in New York means plenty of trees. While this provides much needed privacy and brilliant colors in autumn it also means a lot of debris for your gutters. From dead leaves and twigs to pine needles and tree sap a lot of junk can gather in your gutter channels and downspouts from trees. If your home or commercial building is near wooded areas pay close attention to your gutter channels to ensure it is free from leaves and other outdoor debris.
Snow & Ice Dams – When winter hits it can mean a lot of snow and ice. If a strong Nor’easter strikes it can lead to a lot of snow accumulation and in a few days this snow can harden into ice. When snow and ice get into your gutters it’s very easy to cause a clog and this will prevent melting snow from draining properly. When this happens gutters can start to buckle under the weight and if enough pressure builds can cause certain sections to collapse. If heavy snow is on your roof give serious thought to calling for emergency snow removal to prevent damage to your gutters.
Squirrels & Birds – Again, if you live on property that has trees you can expect squirrels and birds. Birds may try to build a nest in an open gutter system and squirrels are notorious for coming up short on a jump and clawing desperately to a gutter. Securing your gutter system with high quality gutter guards should be enough to keep these pesky critters from causing damage to your gutters.