Seamless Gutters and Gutter Guard Systems Cottage Grove MN
After surviving another brutal Minnesota winter, now might be a good time to take a good look at your gutters and downspouts for any damage winter may have inflicted. April showers may bring May flowers, but they bring wood rot issues as well. Compounding the issue is increased volume of debris dropped from vegetation during the rainy seasons. Adding to this already bad situation, is spring going into the summer creating the warmth that fungus needs to grow.
Fall brings just the opposite. Again there is increased leaf debris in the gutters. The water flows behind structures and doesn’t get a chance to dry out. Winter follows, and protective aluminum wrapping in such areas as soffit and fascia are pried apart by the expanding ice, exposing the wood for the next cycle of destruction. Ice dams!!!
Rotted wood can compromise the structure of your home, take away from the aesthetics, and is very expensive to fix. In turn, wood rot attracts the next wave of destruction to your home. Those uninvited guests. Standing water and rotted wood provide food, drink, and homes for insects and other nasty little pests.
Today, gutters and downspouts have many more options than they did just 20 years ago. Some of the newer systems that have been created in order to combat those problems and make installation and maintenance easier include seamless gutters and gutter covers. They have gained in popularity over traditional gutters because they are very effective at doing what gutters are meant to do… keeping water where it belongs – outside your house and away from the foundation and sides of your home!
Water is a very persistent element and seams just give it a way into your home. Another way of ensuring your gutters work to their best is to install gutter guards. Gutter guards make cleaning gutters a thing of the past. No longer will you need to spend hours perched on a latter pulling grimy muck out of your gutters. With gutter guards, clogging and buildup are a thing of the past.
It is important that a homeowner consult with an experienced gutter and downspout professional. Your home should be inspected to determine if there are special problem areas that need solution, repair, and product application that will prevent future damage. An expert will be able to advise you on products, materials and applications that are best suited for each home.
You want to be careful when it comes to cheap alternatives. You also want to consider the installation company. Ask them about their warranties. An excellent warranty can often become a tipping point in the home selling process. It can help assure prospective buyers that your home has been well maintained and cared for. Make sure they are reputable by asking for references and checking with your local BBB.