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Gutter Cleaning Products You Need To Know About

There are many times of gutter products that are meant to make their maintenance easier for you and allow you to clean them out less. These products include systems of gutter covers, gutter guards, and heating systems for colder climates. Other products for making cleaning easier include tongs, vacuums, sprayers, and more. There are many factors to consider here. First you have to consider which products will actually work with your current home or gutter system. Not all products will fit your home’s design and current gutter structure. Some solutions might even suggest you replace your entire gutter system like a gutter and cover in one product. The next thing you need to consider is your budget. Are you willing to spend less and clean more? With any solution you consider, you should thoroughly research and review products before purchasing. Most professionals can agree that there are pros and cons to every single option and you should weigh them heavily before deciding. To make things easier, you might make an appointment for your trusted roofer to assess your situation. They might be able to help you with other roofing recommendations, installation, or gutter cleaning if you choose to put off making the decision. Here are 4 of many really good products to consider.

Bottle Brush Gutter Guard

A bottle brush gutter guard is a less expensive option to consider making your gutters efficient longer between cleanings. The brush product you insert into the gutters collects debris and keeps it from clumping and preventing the passage of water. It seems to work really well for people who’ve chosen to use this product. Just like gutters, it needs to be cleaned out periodically, but less than gutters usually do and it shouldn’t cause you any problems (clogging) in the mean time. Other gutter guards are made of a mesh or foam material that catches debris as well, but getting the proper fit for your gutters might be problematic and each product seems to be hit or miss about doing its job.

Gutter Cover and Heat Cable System

Only homes in cold climates will need to consider this option. When ice and snow build on the eaves of the home, it can cause icicles and build up and potentially damage the home. The gutter cover and heat cable system will heat the ice and snow and send the melted water away from the home, preventing water or damage from the heaviness of sitting snow. If sitting ice and snow has been problematic for you in recent years, you may consider installing this system to prevent the costly damages in the future. The only con is that the installation is best done by a professional. Ask your roofer if they recommend the system and if they are able to order and install it.

Gutter Tongs

Cleaning your gutters is recommended twice per year. If you don’t mind doing it yourself, there are products available that can make your life easier. Many people just climb a ladder and use their hands to remove debris that has clogged their gutter system. Gutter tongs can save your hands and prevent you from injuring yourself by being an extension of you and preventing imbalance and falling from the ladder. Extensions of the tongs might be available to keep you from even having to climb a ladder, but seeing if you’ve removed all the debris could be problematic if you don’t get up there yourself.

Gutter Vacuums

Again, if you clean your own gutters and have a shop vac, you can purchase a gutter vacuuming extension. This might do a better job than tongs can do and make the task easier for you. There is definitely an extension for this product so you won’t have to climb a ladder to do it, but you run the same risk of not seeing whether you’ve removed all the debris.

If money is a non-issue, support your local roofing company and employ them to clean your gutters the twice per year that’s needed. The average cost is 175.00-275.00 and depends usually on the size of your home and gutter system. Don’t forget that properly maintaining your home will prevent costly damage later on and can improve resale value in the future.

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Prepare Your House to Avoid Winter Damage to your roof

Winterize Your Roof

During the winter, temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing temperatures. This is no good for the roofing material such as shingles and flashings because they will compress and expand with the changing temperature. This can cause the materials to become loose, warped, or even cracked.

To prevent damage from the winter temperatures and elements, there are some things you can do to winterize your house. Here are a few of the things you can do.

Inspect and repair

The best time to check your roof is going to be before it rains or snows. Once the roof becomes damp, it’s going to be difficult to walk on and inspect. The best time to inspect any roof for damage is going to be when the roof is dry. Remember to keep one thing in mind, when you’re inspecting your roof.

You’re going to be looking for any types of damage to the roofing, metal flashing, pipes that are protruding out of the roof, gutters and general wear and tear on the roofing shingles.

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This keeps the warmth in the attic so the snow outside doesn’t melt prematurely to begin the ice dam cycle. The other is ventilating your attic. You can do this by adding continuous soffit vents and continuous ridge vents.

Ridge vents cause the warm air inside the attic to be directed outward from the top of the attic and away from the house so that the snow isn’t melted by it. Soffit vents pull cool air in through the bottom of the attic so cold spots are less likely to be formed.

Installing this kind of ventilation system can be tricky and left to the professionals. Make sure to have your local roofing repair company come out to do this installation.

Check your downspouts

You might be thinking about installing heat tape to your roof. While this is a viable solution to preventing ice and snow build-up on your roof, you should be cautious in using and installing it. Make sure you buy a high-quality product; in this case, you really will get what you pay for. Be careful installing it so that you don’t puncture your roofing material.

Trim overhanging tree branches

Low-hanging tree branches may block gutters or other sources of the drainage system. Low-hanging tree branches may compromise rooftops. The weight of snow or ice, heavy winds, or lightning can cause low-hanging branches to become quite dangerous.

Clean gutters

Lastly, take care of your gutters. Use a gutter guard to prevent ice from building up inside, as the access weight could break it.winterroof-full-2