What's In Your Gutters?

Start thinking about upcoming winter maintenance

Winter is right around the corner in Montana

While the temperatures in our valley are still mild, we all know the uncertainty of the onset of Montana winter. Your roof and gutters may be the last thing on your mind, but now is the time to get prepared. Where do you start?

Tips to winterize your gutters and roof

  • Look for any sloppy or missing shingles and replace them.

  • Summer hail storm? Inspect your roof and gutters for indentations and damage. Consult your insurance company for support in replacing these damaged shingles.

  • Survey the flashing around your chimney and eaves, which prevents melting ice, snow, and rain from seeping into your home.

  • Consider extra insulation in your attic. This maintenance will help to prevent the formation of ice dams on the roof.

  • Clean leaves and debris out of your gutters; use a hose to rinse the channels. It may be necessary to use a chimney or pipe-cleaning brush to clear the downspouts further.

  • Install leaf guards on the gutters to avert more leaves from gathering.

  • Add extensions to your spouts to direct melting ice and snow away from the foundation of your home.

  • Check the upper level of your home for stains or possible leaks. If you find any areas that look suspicious, recheck them right after a rainstorm. If they feel damp, call a professional roofer or immediately repair the leaking area.

Consider a roof replacement

If your roof is more than 15 years old, you may contemplate a replacement. Of course, an aging roof is expensive to replace, but the damage that a leaking roof might cause can be far more pricey. Give us a call if we can help!

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