As fall approaches, time is beginning to run out on getting work done to protect your roof to face another winter. Winter ice can cause a lot of damage to your roof and home. The ice can cause water to back up into your roof when it freezes and forms ice dams along the edge of the roof line. This damage can lead to costly repairs both inside and outside of your home. One of the reasons that ice dams form is because your gutters are full of leave and twigs. Here is how you can prevent the buildup of debris before the leaves and twigs start falling in a couple of months.   

You Will Need:

  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Aluminum Mesh Wire Guards
  • Tin Snips
  • Debris Scooper
  • Roofing Nails
  • Carpenter's Speed Square

Clean Gutters

You need to clean the gutters to remove all the debris so it doesn't get trapped under the gutter guard. As you are cleaning out the gutters, you also want to look for any damage (like worn-out rust spots) that should be fixed before installing the guards.

Installing the Gutter Guards

Strips of aluminum gutter guards typically come in lengths of three to four feet long and five inches wide, and are easy to handle and install while working on a ladder (versus a heavy aluminum roll of wire mesh that can be unwieldy).

Start at one end of the gutter and work towards the other end.

Aluminum mesh guards come with clips on one side. Insert these clips onto the outer edge of the gutter. You want to make sure you have the wire mesh flipped over away from the roof as you clip the guard to the gutter – this way, when you flip the mesh strip back over, it will properly lay against the roof.

You should make sure the guard overlaps the roof shingles by a few inches so there is enough room for you to slide the mesh up under the shingles. Secure the mesh to the roof with roofing nails.

You should also overlap the sides of the guards as you place one section down next to another. This will close any seams leaves and twigs that can sneak through the seam to clog up the gutter.

Cutting Corners

If you gutters connect at a corner, you'll have to cut the mesh at an angle so it fights snugly without sticking out from the corner.

Take a carpenter's speed square and place it over a section of mesh. Mark the angle of the speed square on the mesh and cut the mesh with tin snips.

For further information, contact a local roofing contractor.

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