Tag Archives: Gutter

Roof Repairs: Gutters & Downspouts

When should I clean out my gutters?”

Clogged Gutter

Clogged Gutter

This is a question we get asked often and the answer is twice a year, spring & fall, or more often if you have large trees in your yard.  Organic debris falling onto your roof mixes with shingle granules and then goes straight into your gutter and downspouts.  Larger materials like leaves or twigs gather at the downspout opening and prevent the rainwater from following the correct path.  Instead water pours over the front edge of the gutter potentially damaging the foundation or flooding a basement.  Or water backs up under the shingles sending water pouring down the interior walls of your building.  Excessive moisture to soffits, fascia, and wood framing causes rot and causes them to no longer be structurally sound.  Leaving organic waste in your gutters for years causes decomposition and creates slime perfect for growing  small plants and trees.  These can cause additional problems due to weight and root damage.

Watch for reduced amounts of water exiting your downspouts, water overflowing the gutters or algee or small plants as indications of gutter problems.

If you choose the DIY route for your gutter cleaning, use proper safety precautions including ladder safety, gloves and eye protection and our checklist.

Checklist for Cleaning Gutters

Clear the downspout

Clear the downspout

  • Clean out the gunk– focus on clearing the downspouts and use the organic debris for your compost
  • Check the gutter supports – replace any missing or loose spikes with OMG FastenMaster & fasten through the fascia to the rafters.
  • Repair leaks – chisel off the old caulking & allow to dry. Use new bead silicon sealing to fill holes or seams.
  • Downspout fasteners – rivets can come loose or be gone completely. Use a rivet gun to re-secure the rivets.
  • Thoroughly clean gutters and downspouts – Flush with water to eliminate any lingering debris.

We offer gutter cleaning and repair so you can keep your feet on the ground.  Call us today to have your roof inspected and gutters cleaned.

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Roof Repairs: Blown Off & Loose Shingles

Spring and early Summer are the perfect times to visually inspect your roof.  Start by walking around your home or business and looking for loose, missing or damaged shingles.

Missing and blown off shingles

Shingles damaged due to high winds

Blown off shingles are pretty common after a storm.  Once gone, typically a fastener or two becomes exposed under the shingle.  Water can get into the building around these fasteners.

In the second photo, the shingles and felt are gone exposing the wood deck. Continual water onto exposed untreated wood quickly leads to rot and greater expense to the owner.

Shingles completely gone and exposed deck

Exposed decking

The last photo shows about 15 shingles that came loose as a section.  The most likely cause for a larger area to slide is improper fastening when the roof was installed.

Shingles loose & Sliding

Shingles loose & sliding

Shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible to ensure the longest life of your roof and to protect your home.  Qualified roofers are able to fix these problems quickly and not further damage your roof in the process.

We advise having your roof inspected and gutters cleaned semi-annually to catch simple problems before they become big headaches. Having your roof inspected even when you don’t have a leak is important. Sometimes you can have problems that are hard to see from the ground.

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