Now that February is about to make its way out the door, you can start to see some maple trees sprout some blossoms. Though these blooms are indeed pretty to look at, they can become a menace for your gutters. Early springtime sprouts, dander, and blossoms are three reasons why you need to schedule your routine spring gutter cleaning before your contractors get flooded with maintenance requests.
Spring Time Debris
It doesn’t take much for your trees to get the signal to start growing leaves again. One warm week can trigger buds and blossoms to come that start a barrage of airborne debris that fall right in your gutters. Here are some main culprits you’ll see in Northern Virginia in the spring:
Oak Blossoms: These gorgeous white blooms are often compared to Japanese cherry blossoms. The clusters of delicate petals then fall off and fly into the air. Many of this debris ends up in your gutters and can also contribute to downspout clogs.
“Helicopters”: Phase 2 of the maple blossom barrage are the seeds that the flowers produce. These seeds are designed for maximum aerodynamic action and they will fly high when the wind carries them away. Unfortunately, some of these beauties will lodge themselves in your gutters.
Pine Needles: If you’ve been blessed with year-round greenery from a nearby pine tree, you should also be aware that this beauty comes at a price: year-round pine needle debris. Over the winter, more pine needles fall and die and can fly into your gutters. Because of their thinness and flexibility, they can easily stack upon each other and become a major clogging factor.
While fall leaves are easily visible on your roof and exterior of your gutters, smaller spring debris clogs your spouting system. Your downspouts are enclosed corridors with twists and turns that make it easy for delicate blossoms and seeds to stick to its walls.
When your spouts become clogged from within, water will overflow from within and not be redirected as the gutters intended. This will pose a risk to your foundation and roof.
What You Can Do
So now that you know the looming problem, what can you do to protect your roof and gutter system?
First of all, get a professional roofing inspection if you haven’t done so already. Our pros can take a quick look at your entire roofing system and let you know if your gutters simply need some professional cleaning to get back to working order… or if it needs something more.
For example, we can recommend you modern gutter solutions like seamless gutters that allow fewer leaks, are easier to maintain, and also look better than traditional gutters.
Gutter Replacement & Repair in Centreville
At Noble Roofing, we are committed to providing homeowners with the best gutter choices for their home. We offer a variety of different materials and colors to choose from, so your gutters will perfectly match the aesthetics of your home. Leaks are virtually eliminated and every seamless gutter system is specifically crafted to match the structure in which we install it.
Make sure that your home is properly protected from the damaging natural effects by getting a high-quality, seamless gutter system. Give us a call today at (703) 404-0505 for an in-home consultation.