Every roof will eventually need to be replaced, but proper maintenance can help extend the life of your roofing system which reduces the possibility of frequent repairs or full replacements. Save money and avoid rapid deterioration with these ten tips for gutter and fascia care.
Clean Your Gutters
At least twice a year you should clear your gutters of dirt and debris. Buildup of debris leaves your gutters clogged, this can lead to leaks into the home, damage to your foundation, as well as encouraging mold growth.
While cleaning out your gutters, ensure that your gutters are still securely fastened to the eaves of your roof. If they aren’t, they can fall and cause damage to your home or anyone entering or leaving your property.
Drip edges protect your home’s fascia. Without one, water can drain from your roof causing it to leak behind the fascia.
Fascia boards are built to sustain some damage over time. If you see rot, mold, mildew, or other damages, it’s time to replace those boards before the damage spreads inside or outside your home.
A quick way to spot potential damage to your fascia is to inspect the edges of your attic. If you see water damage or pest infestation where the roof meets the far walls, it’s time to get your fascia repaired or replaced.
Like loose gutters, sagging gutters also indicate a potential problem. When gutters aren’t in the right position, water has the potential to leak inside of your walls causing mold or mildew. Make sure you get sagging gutters looked at as soon as possible to prevent further damages.
Chipped or Peeling Areas
Paint can help protect the fascia boards, if you see pain that’s chipping or peeling on them it’s time to repaint. This can prevent damage to the boards themselves, such as rot or water damage.
Remove Signs of Pests
Bird and insect nests are signs that pests are trying to work their way into your home. This can be bad for your fascia and gutter system. Removing nests and spider webs is pivotal. Make sure to also repair any holes around the gutter or eaves where rodents could potentially enter your attic.
Caulk Twice a Year
While you’re checking your gutters, make sure to check the caulking between the edge of the gutter and the roof. Applying fresh caulking if you see gaps or crack in the current layers could steer you away from potential problems.
Check for Soft Boards
There’s a potential that the fascia may look fine, but you should always check for soft boards. Water can weaken the fascia boards into a sponge-like consistency. This can lead to a buildup of mold and mildew.
Professional Replacement for Gutter Systems
Even with consistent care and maintenance, your roof fascia and gutter system might eventually need professional replacement. If you notice issues that need more help than cleaning or repainting, call a professional roofing company.
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