It’s finally fall in the Twin Cities, which means leaves of red and gold are falling all around and creating a breathtaking autumn landscape. But all of those beautiful autumn leaves are also falling onto your home’s roof and into your gutters, where they can end up creating clogs. What starts off as a minor clog today can end up leading to a serious problem down the road with foundation damage or even roof damage from ice dams. That’s why it’s important to think about keeping your gutters clean long before cold weather hits.
At Window World Twin Cities, we offer comprehensive gutter installation services to keep Twin Cities gutters working at their top level of performance. In this post, we’ll talk about your home’s gutter system and introduce leafproof gutters and how they can work to protect your Minnesota home.
How Minnesota’s Foliage Affects Your Home
Minnesota is one of the most beautiful states in the nation with its stunning lakes and dense, vibrant foliage. But all of those leaves end up having to fall eventually. If you’re like many Twin Cities homeowners, cleaning out your gutters is an annoying inconvenience. But what you may not realize is that all of the leaves and debris that end up in your gutter can end up causing serious problems for your home.
There are two main types of trees that can litter leaves and tree-based debris and fill your gutters:
● Coniferous - Coniferous leaves are leaves that fall from conifers. Conifers are evergreen shrubs and trees with needle-like leaves that stay green year-round. They typically shed cones or other woody debris.
● Deciduous - Deciduous trees are the trees with the flat but broad leaves that change colors and fall every autumn. These trees can litter your roof and lawn with nuts or seeds in addition to clogging your gutters with leaves.
Leaves and Your Rain Gutters
The purpose of your home’s rain gutters is to move water away from your home. This protects your home’s roof, foundation, and interior from damage due to water infiltration. When leaves begin to build up in your gutters, they can become clogged, which means water is no longer able to move through them as it was meant to. Leaf-filled gutters also create tempting homes for critters to build their nests, which completely stops the flow of water.
In both cases, the water that was meant to flow through the gutter will end up flowing out of the gutter at the clog location, causing water to run back over your roof and into your home.
When gutters become clogged, it can cause all kinds of damage:
● Discoloring your siding or interior walls
● Rotting the fascia or soffit of your siding
● Creating holes for animals to invade your home
● Causing foundation damage
Discoloration from Gutter Clogs
Even if you’re pretty good about keeping up with your gutters, clogs can still occur and lead to serious damage. That’s because autumn rains end up washing the leaves from deciduous trees into your gutters and cause a clog almost instantly. Most rain gutter runs can actually hold several gallons of water during heavy rains, and when that water has no place to go, the problems add up fast.
Once the rains have stopped, the leaves sitting in that water end up brewing just as tea would in the standing water, creating stagnant, filthy water. The next time it rains, that old water will be washed out again over the source of the clog and get onto your home’s exterior, leaving an unpleasant stain that is difficult to remove. In many cases, the only true fix is to repaint this stained siding.
Preventing Damage from Gutter Clogs
Keeping your home free of damage due to gutter clogs is a year-round job. But it is even more important to keep an eye on your gutters during the fall when deciduous leaves are falling. Once the first freezes of winter are upon us, the clog in your gutter can end up helping to create an ice dam, which can cause even greater damage to your home.
However, many homeowners put off cleaning their gutters more than any other chore. This is not only because it can be one of the most unpleasant and dirty chores you’ll have to contend with. Cleaning your gutters requires an extension ladder, which can be a very dangerous and difficult task.
Protecting Your Home From Gutter Clogs
Although rain gutters can lead to serious problems, these problems are almost completely avoidable if you take the right precautions. First, be sure to trim back any trees that are close to your home. This lowers the chance that leaves will end up getting into your gutters and also protects your home from storm damage due to falling branches in the future.
You can also replace the existing gutters around your home with seamless gutters and LeafProof gutter covers to prevent backup from water due to leaf and debris clogs. With LeafProof gutter covers, your gutter’s entire channel system is completely covered so you never have to worry about sweeping or cleaning your gutters.
Contact our Twin Cities Leafless Gutter Installation Professionals Today
If you’re tired of climbing up on a shaky ladder to scrape leaves out of your rain gutters, it’s time to put those days behind you for good. At Window World Twin Cities, we offer seamless gutter installation and leafless gutter installation to simplify your life and protect your home. With winter just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year for gutter upgrades.
To learn more about how our gutter system can help you, speak with a member of our Window World Twin Cities gutter installation team today. Give us a call at 651.770.5570, or contact us online to learn more.
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