Well-maintained and properly functioning gutters are important year round but most important during the winter months. Gutters prevent water from pooling on your roof and in the area around your home. When water collects in these areas, it can damage your foundation, seep into your home, and become a cesspool of insects and bacteria. These problems could very likely lead to bigger, more expensive problems such as a cracked foundation, exterior and interior structural water damage, and moldy, rotten roofing and insulation.
Regular Gutter Inspection
Regularly inspect your gutters and determine their condition. Good gutters should be clean, free of clogging debris, firmly attached to your home, and contain no gaps for leaks. Examine the areas around your home that should be clear of pooling water. With most gutter systems, water should be diverted at least ten feet away from your home.
The Cost To Fix Damage vs. The Cost To Install Gutters
According to Fixr, “The average cost of simply drying out your property from a “clean” water leak with no further damage done or restoration needed is around $2,700, while the average cost of drying out your home and repairing the damage done to areas like drywall and carpeting is around $7,500.” These estimates can only increase depending on the severity of water damage, type of damage, and source of water. Meanwhile, also according to Fixr, “The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot. Therefore, installing from 125 to 200 feet of gutters will cost $1050-$2400.” Which of these would you rather spend?
Gutters Are A Good Investment
If your gutters are not functioning properly, consider investing in a new system. Gutters are a preventative measurement and wise investment that will save you money and headache in the long run. M&M Siding Inc. by Bruce Mosher will gladly assist you in new gutter installations in an efficient and timely manner. Our gutters come in a variety of colors and sizes. The most common gutter we install is a 5″ seamless gutter, which allows debris to flow more smoothly, causing fewer leaks. Being made of .032 heavy-gauge aluminum, it ensures longevity and functionality. Don’t let your home be susceptive to costly water damage!
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Is your home in good shape? Fall is your chance to take care of major home improvement projects and prepare your home for the upcoming winter before daylight gets shorter and temperatures get colder. Use our handy Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to help you inspect your home!
Inspect the trees around your home for branches that need trimming. Prevent weak and dead branches from breaking off and damaging your home in high winds and winter storms.
Fallen leaves can accumulate in your gutters and clog them. When water cannot be properly moved away from your roof and the area around your home, the excess moisture can damage your home through mold, flooding, a cracked foundation, infestation of water insects, paint damage, and rotting of the exterior.
Protect your home from water damage. When the weather gets rainy and snowy, the last thing you want is water seeping into your home through cracks or tears in your roof. Once water has entered your home, it is there to stay. Water damage can lead to expensive problems like water spots on your ceilings, interior mold and mildew issues, and compromised structural integrity. These problems lead to more problems. For example, water saturated insulation in your attic will greatly diminish its insulating power causing your heating bills to increase to make up for the heat loss.
Maximize your home’s energy efficiency and minimize your heating costs by properly insulating your home with the right siding. Keep warm air from leaving your home and cold air from entering your home.
WINDOWS & DOORS
Properly fitted windows and doors will seal any cracks that may be letting warm air leave your home and cold air to enter. Depending on where you live, you may want to consider installing a storm door. Storm doors are installed in front of an exterior door to protect it from poor weather conditions and allow ventilation.
Get your furnace inspected and serviced! Worst case scenario is your heating not working in the colder months. After not being in use these past few months, avoid any malfunctions and dangers by getting it inspected by a professional technician. Also be sure to replace your filter and clean your ducts to ensure cleaner air quality indoors. Clogged filters and ducts make it harder to keep your home at the desired temperature and accumulate dust!
Avoid costly pipe freezing and bursting due to the colder temperatures by checking if your pipes are sufficiently insulated.
PORCH & RAILINGS
Check your walkways, porches and railings! When inevitable snow and ice arrive on your doorstep, you’ll want a level walkway, solid porch, and sturdy railing and to keep you safe. Also, when water gets into cracks in your driveway and freezes, it expands and can actually make the crack even bigger. Nobody likes potholes! Use concrete crack sealer and you’re all set.
Stock up on essentials such as food and emergency kits as well as winter tools like snow shovels, ice melt, and ice scrapers. While the weather is still nice, take some time to test your winter equipment to see if any need maintenance. Being proactively prepared will save you trouble in the future.
M&M SIDING & ROOFING INC. BY BRUCE MOSHER is here for your home maintenance needs! We can help you check off multiple things on this list. Our services include roofing, siding, windows and doors, decks and porches, and gutters! Projects big or small, we are happy to help.