What is Gutter Repitching?

Gutter RepitchingIf you’re a homeowner, the gutters of your home undoubtedly clog from time to time. However, if you’re finding that they are starting to clog and back up more often than usual, it might be time to have your gutters re-pitched.

If your gutters continue to clog, it’s most often due to the collection of debris, such as leaves and twigs. These build up which leads to any water the gutter collecting. In turn, the weight of standing water and other material puts more stress on the gutters, which can cause sections to sag or even come apart, pulling portions down in areas where water pools. This unevenness of the gutter only exacerbates problems, trapping even more debris and water and preventing proper drainage to the downspout.

That’s where repitching comes in. With gutter repitching, your gutters are refit and placed with a defined slope that ensures water will run down the gutter into the downspout and away from the foundation of the home. A roofer places small metal bars along the gutter, connecting them to the home and adjusting the gutter angle to help brace the gutter in the proper position for effective draining. By doing this, you will no longer put extra stress on your gutters.

Most gutters today are made of aluminum, a very light material. This means it is not only cheap, but can easily be manipulated as well. If your home is surrounded by trees, a simple windstorm could cause a ton leaves and twigs to enter the gutter and back it up and even deform the gutter’s shape. If the gutter were to be repitched, though, the leaves and twigs wouldn’t be as great of a problem as the improved angling and extra support ensures that rain and debris drains away effectively.

For all of your gutter needs, trust the experts at Roofing by Bruce. We offer gutter installation, repair and repitching services for homes in East Stroudsburg and throughout the Pennsylvania region. For more information on our services or to set up an appointment for your gutters, call us at 570-424-7250 today!

 

Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

It is that time of year when we start battening down the hatches and prepare to spend a lot of time indoors. Before you head inside for the winter season, it’s important to make sure that everything outdoors is ready to go – including your roof. Roofs can take quite a beating during the winter between the strong winds, heavy snows and ice forming on top. Make sure your roof is ready to go this winter with these few tips.
 

Look for Damage

 
Chances are you don’t go up on your roof regularly to inspect it. Make it a point to grab the ladder and go up top to look for any damage. Broken shingles, cracks or visible weak spots are problems best spotted – and repaired – before they result in water damage or structural failures.
 

GutterInspect Gutters

 
Make sure your gutters are flowing properly to drain runoff water through them. Remove debris that could have piled up from the fall with leaves clogging them up. You should also check the way your gutters are draining; they should drain away from your home so that the water leaves the area, rather than building up near your foundation. Water draining near the home can re-enter your house through the basement, potentially leading to another costly repair if this damages your foundation, spoils your furnished basement, or allows mold to form in your home.
 

Walk the Interior of Your Home

 
Don’t forget to check for signs of water damage or cracking on the inside of your home, too. If you see new cracks appearing in your attic or along ceilings on the top floor, it could be from vulnerabilities in the roof. Water stains can also be a symptom of leaks in your roof, and should be investigated thoroughly to make sure that these problems are found and fixed before they lead to rot, further damage to your ceilings or degradation of your home’s insulation.
 
Make sure to get out and inspect your home from top to bottom to make sure that you’re ready for the winter. By taking the time to run through the tips we suggested above, you can take care of any potential issues now, instead of in the middle of winter after your small repair turns into a massive issue. If you find problems or just would like a professional opinion of your roof before the flakes fly, contact Roofing by Bruce today!