For many, fall is one of the best seasons due to the amazing weather. It’s just starting to get cool, and the hot summer days are slowly being replaced by cooler temperatures. But, this season can also negatively affect your gutters.
In this post, Garlock French Corporation explains why fall is the worst season for gutters.
Leaves and More Leaves
Falling leaves are beautiful, but they can become really problematic when they end up in the gutters. Leaf litter and debris can clog the passageway where the water is supposed to be diverted. In some cases, the leaves will rot in the gutters, damaging the material itself.
The Dangers of Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters are a homeowner nightmare, especially when they get out of hand. The leaf litter and debris add extra weight to the gutters, causing the entire system to droop from the edge – literally pulling down on the roof and loosening the shingles.
In some cases, the rainwater will simply spill out from the gutters. This is actually more dangerous as the rainwater can end up settling on the roof, on the exterior walls or even on the foundation. Continuous water damage on these surfaces will eventually develop into leaks, which pose an even greater problem for your home.
Making Fall Stress-Free for Your Gutters
Thankfully, you don’t need to live in perpetual dread of the fall season. There are several ways you can keep your gutters clean and free of clog during this autumnal season. You can start by clipping the tree branches and twigs that might be extending towards the roof. Apart from protecting the gutters, you also safeguard the roof surface from scratches.
We also recommend you install a gutter cover or similar protection system over the structure. We offer a wide array of protection systems for all kinds of gutters, such as filters, screens and reverse flow gutters.
At Garlock French Corporation, we will help you keep your gutters in great condition this fall season. Minneapolis homeowners may reach us at (612) 722-7219. White Bear Lake residents may contact us at (651) 429-2335. Minnetonka homeowners may reach us at (952) 473-1017.