Helpful tips and advice for home maintenance from your roof to your porch.
You know it’s time to replace your car when it keeps breaking down. You know it’s time to replace your carpet if it’s frayed or stained. You know it’s time to replace your clothes if they don’t fit or go out of style. And you know it’s time to replace your cell phone when… well, when the new cool phone comes out.
But what about your home’s roof? The point at which you need a roof replacement is not always readily apparent (unless it collapses, catches fire, or gets crushed by a tree). And changing out a few shingles will only solve the problems for so long. So here are eight signs that indicate that it may be time to replace your roof.
Most people assume cleaning gutters out in the spring is the way to do it, before things start growing in there. Others think fall is the best time for gutter cleaning, after the leaves fall. In fact, both camps are right. Here is how to figure out the right time to clean your gutters.
What Affects the Performance of Your Gutters?
Your gutters represent a line of defense for your home and its foundation. Consider all the things your gutters do:
Moisture is the enemy of virtually every part of the home. By keeping it away from your house, your gutters help keep away mold, insects, and all the problems that come with them.
Keep your gutters clean and routinely make sure they stay that way. Besides, keeping the gutters clean also keeps the gutters themselves working for you. You won’t need them repaired or replaced as often.
When Should You Clean Your Gutters?
When gutter cleaning should take place depends on many factors.
Where You’re Located
Here in Washington, DC, we certainly get four seasons in a year and a good amount of rain year. That means you should consider semiannual gutter cleaning. Clean your gutters once in the spring and once in the fall. Make gutter cleaning part of your normal spring cleaning schedule and part of your typical fall maintenance routines.
What Surrounds Your Home
If your home has trees around it, those leaves will clog up a gutter fast. Even a single tree close to the home will shed leaves that sit in the gutter and affect its performance and integrity. Insects, birds, and other creatures that spend time in trees may also attempt to turn your gutters into a home.
In addition, shade from trees can contribute to moisture buildup and gunk in your gutters. In cases such as these, you may have to clean your gutters more frequently than normal.
What Your Gutters Currently Look Like
If your gutters have a whole ecosystem of plant and animal life hanging over the edges, then don’t wait until a particular season to clean your gutters. You should clean them immediately. A gutter in disrepair or one hanging heavily needs a professional cleaning and inspection. After that initial cleaning, you can start a more regular routine.
Outside of a schedule, you should pay attention to your gutters. Clean them when they need cleaning. No matter the season, we at Boyd Construction Co Inc are available to evaluate, repair, or clean your gutters. Contact us today.
ROOF REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE FOR FALL
If you’ve ever tried to deal with major roofing issues in the dead of winter—then you understand what a nightmare this can be. Even Boyd Construction Co Inc gets exponentially more expensive in the “off” season. These five maintenance tips can prevent major issues during Fall and keep your roof in top shape year-round.
This may seem like common sense, but it’s important to eliminate any immediate threats to your roof in the surrounding area. This means cutting down overhanging tree branches, removing any loose decorations, and taking care of anything that could get blown over and cause residual damage. Calling in a tree service or a Washington DC Roofing Company can advise you on the best way to do this safely.
Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected
Don’t “eyeball” the condition of your roof. Call in a professional roofing company to inspect its integrity and to make sure that your roof is in good shape for Fall. Finding a roofing company you can trust can be a huge asset for any homeowner.
Don’t Neglect Your Gutters!
Check “cleaning the gutters” off of your To-do list. Keeping gutters free of debris allows water to freely move away from your home. This is extremely important at the change of any season. Make sure that you check the integrity of your gutters and make sure that everything is in good shape as well.
Take Advantage of Gutter Guards
No one really enjoys cleaning their gutters. Gutter guards are devices that fit neatly over the top of your gutters and prevent the buildup of leaves and other debris. During fall, we expect to see an increase in these types of problems, and gutter guards can make a huge difference. It’s fairly easy to find a model that will adequately fit over your gutters, and it can save you a lot of time when it comes to cleaning them out again.
Perform Necessary Maintenance
If your Washington DC Roofing Contractor suggests that you repair any area of your roof, take it seriously! These people are professionals for a reason, and they can give you the best advice to prepare your roof for the oncoming winter.
Reach out to Boyd Construction Co Inc for the best service in the Washington DC area. We understand what Winter means for your roof, and we can help you prepare for it!
Boyd Construction Co
Family owned and operated in the greater Washington DC area since 1932.