Winter is upon us and it is that time of year again where you start to prepare the outside of your home for the winter months. There are 2 reasons on why it is important to clean your gutters before winter. First, with it being Fall, trees have dropped their leaves making their way on to your roof and into your gutters. This can cause structural damage to your home, once the leaves clog your gutters, it allows water from rain and snow to spill over the side that could lead to damaged siding and damage to the foundation.
Gutter Guards in Colorado
These accessories help stop ice, leaves, pine needles, and even animals from clogging your house's drainage system. Their role is to offer peace of mind for homeowners. With guards, there's no worry about having to constantly check for ice dams & clean out your gutters.
The best models also prevent many of the problems that snow, ice, and frigid temperatures can cause during the winter months. So which ones are the best choice for winter in Colorado?
Read on to discover what you should be looking for when choosing gutter guards for all the Colorado seasons.
What You Need from Your Gutter Guards during Winter
For gutter guard protection during the winter, a homeowner's best bet is Legacy premium leaf filters. These gutter protectors are aluminum ridged, making them stronger and less susceptible to deterioration over time. They also deter birds, squirrels, insects, and other animals from creating nests inside your gutters.
Their unique ridging design allows for better water and debris flow through and out of the gutter tray. Debris never gets in the way of necessary drainage.
Furthermore, the ridges in these gutter guards are self-cleaning, which prevents clogging of your gutters. That's a reason why these products have a 20-year no-clog guarantee.
When it comes to dealing with winter weather, these guards can resist the tough conditions caused by colder temperatures. When installing leaf filters over gutters, the Legacy team will recommend the darker brown leaf filter over white in order to capitalize on the sunny Colorado weather. The darker filter will warm to the sun's rays, enhancing the ability of the filters to melt ice and keep water and snow melt flowing off of your roof.
The aluminum construction not only provides protection but also can improve your entire gutter system. It will help make your gutter strong enough to handle buildup from Colorado's snow.
Thanks to the strength of these guards, your gutter system should also not have any issues with ice dams.
What Type of Gutter Guards You Want to Avoid
The main type of guard that you want to avoid for winter in Colorado is micro-mesh leaf filters. While these gutter guards are being sold to many homes, these are designed for warmer climates where freezing and snowis not an issue. These filters are not likely to withstand rough Colorado winters.
The fine mesh clogs easily and allows snowmelt to pool up on top of the gutter filter, re-freezing as soon as the sun and temperatures drop down. This will lead to ice damming on top of your gutter and roof, causing additional freeze/refreeze issues and damage to roof and guttering.
Freezing and snow are a part of the Colorado winter season, which can render these types of gutter guards useless.
When deciding on how best to protect and maintain your gutters throughout the winter season, please keep these factors in mind. You want something that can take on the harsher temperatures, and handle the snow and ice that the colder months bring.
If you follow these guidelines, you should end up choosing the right type of guard. Do you have any other questions or concerns about your home's gutters? If so, contact us at any of our Denver metro or Colorado Springs gutter contractor offices so we can help!
Often in our daily, weekly, or monthly routine of home maintenance we tend to maintain issues under our roof, without giving any thought to the actual roof itself. This can be an expensive oversight as like with anything in life, your roof needs regular maintenance and can sometimes suffer from unexpected failures and need replacing. The following are indications that your roof may need some expert attention:
If you notice that your heating or air conditioning costs have gone up, it is probably not a coincidence. The climate controlled air may be escaping through your roof making it a good time to get it checked out.
The best time to take advantage of a roof inspection would be when your gutter contractor is cleaning or repairing your gutters. so contact Legacy Gutters to discuss any roofing concerns you may have when you are scheduling your fall gutter cleaning.
There may come a time when you want to give your home a new look or you are fed up with trying to keep up with the maintenance on your ageing roof. This is the perfect time to assess what you want to get done and what option is the best fit with your vision and your budget.
At Legacy Gutters, our team is knowledgeable on many aspects of roofing. They will happily provide you with an assessment of the condition and options for your roof. If you decide to make a change, there are a number of different possibilities depending on the design of your roof. However, it is important to bear in mind that some types of roofing will be a better fit for your home than others.
For example if your area is prone to high winds or wildfires then you will need a product that is wind resistant and has a high fire rating. To give you a better idea, here are some of the possibilities:
So if you want to find out your best roofing options for you give us a call. Our specialists will come to your home and do a complete assessment of both your roof and your gutters so that they can provide you with a comprehensive and competitive quote.
If it is your regular time for gutter maintenance or you are thinking of replacing them, this is also the perfect time to review your entire roofing system. After all, once you have an expert up there, why not use their skills to the fullest?
Badly Placed Gutters
When doing maintenance for the first time, we will review whether your gutters are placed at the correct distance from your roof. Oftentimes, gutters are installed directly under the roof shingles. However, if they are placed too high, it can result in your gutters being pulled away from the house by ice and snow during a strong winter. Conversely, if your gutters have been installed too far down, water coming off the roof during a heavy storm could miss them altogether.
No Kick-Out Flashing
While flashing is a mandatory part of the majority of roofs today, the part that can get omitted is kick-out flashing. This is the element of your gutter system that prevents water from running down the side of your home. Over time this can cause damage to your walls and create visible spots of rot in areas where the roof meets the sidewall.
Finding a small amount of granules in your gutter during maintenance is perfectly normal. However, if the rain is pulling down a significant amount of granules into the gutter, it is usually a strong indicator that your shingles are losing their protective coating and may need to be replaced.
As the premier roof and gutter contractor in the Denver Metro and Colorado Springs area, Legacy Gutters provides the highest quality of service for all of your roofing needs. So if you need work done on your gutters, give us a call. We will answer any questions you have about your gutters and also provide advice on your roofing options to ensure that your home remains completely protected.
Call today to schedule a free roof & gutter inspection