Fall is here! The leaves are changing colors and falling, and we’re seeing some beautiful weather here in Greensboro, High Point, and Burlington, NC. But this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for cleaning your gutters; rather, this is your friendly reminder to prepare your gutters for fall so you don’t have more work to do in the winter. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we’re a leader in the insulation and home performance industries. Serving customers throughout North Carolina, from Greensboro, Burlington, Elon and Mebane to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, we can help with all your gutter needs, including installation, repair, and routine maintenance like cleaning. 

Here are four tips to make sure your gutters are ready for fall:

  1. Thoroughly clean your gutters. No one likes to do it, but gutter maintenance is a chore that needs to be done. The best tip to get ready for fall is to clean your gutters thoroughly. This could mean spending a weekend climbing the ladder and getting every last seed, pod, twig, leaf, and other foliage debris from the trough of the gutter as well as the downspout of the gutter. If you have many trees in your neighborhood, you may have to perform gutter maintenance at least once a month and possibly twice a month if the leaves are especially falling.
  2. Do an inspection. The next important tip to realize is to inspect your gutters often. This will save you a bundle in the end. When it is nice out in the late summer or early fall, climb on your ladder and inspect your gutters and downspouts. Are they sagging or pulling away from the house? Are the seams starting to split? Are they full of debris? Is the downspout loose? By inspecting your gutters and then properly maintaining or replacing them as needed, you will save yourself stress and aggravation as well as money in the near future.
  3. Trim branches. Another tip to prepare your gutter for the fall season is to trim back any branches from the gutters or that might be touching your roof. Trees and branches grow over the summer months and can be directly over your troughs. When the wind blows, the leaves and seeds are falling straight into the gutters and clogging them up. Make sure to trim back those branches late this summer to prepare them for the fall season ahead!
  4. Hire a professional. The last essential tip to prepare your gutters for fall is to hire a professional. A professional handyman or gutter services team can investigate what issues you have with your gutters and repair them as necessary. They can also install a leaf guard which prevents the leaves from falling in your gutters and clogging them up, therefore, preventing you from having to clean the gutters out as much. If you do not have the time to clean the gutters yourself, make sure to call a gutter services company who can perform the task for you.

We understand that these steps aren’t always as simple as they sound. If this is the case and you’d rather a professional handle your gutters for you, contact Alamance Insulation and Gutters today. We’d love to help!