The siding on your home — whether vinyl, fiber cement, LP, steel, or aluminum — is made and installed to require very little maintenance while withstanding the forces of nature. Sometimes, however, nature finds a way. Heavily-blocked gutters can cause cracking or splitting in siding, even to the point of being punctured — which will result in sagging or pulled panels. This damaged siding must be replaced before structural damage can occur. The good news? You can prevent deterioration by cleaning and maintaining the gutters on your home.
Rainwater stuck in gutters can destroy your home’s exterior — especially when the weight of debris makes a gap in your gutter system. Your siding then stops working efficiently, especially when mold, mildew, and algae grow on the exterior wall.
In the Denver area, the wettest months are May, June, and July — making spring the best season to replace and install new gutters that can handle the weather. Rain and debris accumulate quickly during those early summer months, so early prevention is critical. Inspect gutters monthly for signs of wear and tear or infestations of harmful pests like mosquitoes or carpenter ants.
In the event of severe weather, gutters may need extra care. If you’re able, fix potential issues before a thunderstorm or high winds — and check for damage afterward. Factors like nearby trees (especially pine trees) may necessitate more frequent cleanings, so clear needles regularly to prevent clogs.
Contact us today if you notice your home’s siding becoming discolored, disconnected, or deteriorating — especially at the gutter line. Gravina’s offers replacement siding in a wide variety of materials and colors, all at a price that’s right for your budget. Schedule your free consultation today!