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Sarah Lofdahl – Guest Contributor
Sep 9 @ 2:56 pm
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Is the exterior of your home ready for the coming fall and winter? In these colder seasons, the exterior of your home is subject to harsh conditions that can cause damage, and a homeowner needs to protect the structure by making some preparations.

In the task of getting your home ready for fall, one of the most important jobs is the preparation and maintenance of your gutters. To protect your home in the coming seasons, follow this guide from Shine, one of the fastest-growing window care and holiday lighting franchises. 

Get a Sturdy Ladder: One of the basic pieces of equipment that you are going to need is a good ladder. You need the ladder to gain access to the gutters, so if you do not have one, then it might be time to go buy one. And even if you already have a ladder, you want to ensure that it is in good condition to prevent any risk of a fall or possibility of an injury. 

Trim Trees Around House: Before you even go to the house and start working on the gutters, you should take a look at the trees that are in your yard. If there are any branches that hang over the home, take the time to trim them. The leaves and sticks that fall from these branches will load the gutters up and possibly block them. With this step, you will help to ensure that your gutters do not get clogged and it will help to reduce the maintenance going forward.

Clean Gutters: The first thing to do when you start working on the gutters is to clean them out. Go around to every section and remove things like leaves and sticks that have built up. Make sure to get every section, all the way to the downspout. After you have removed all of the large debris that can be pulled out by hand, go back with your garden hose and give the gutter system a thorough rinsing.

Inspect Gutters: Once you have the gutters cleaned, you want to inspect them to make sure that they will perform as they are intended. A faulty gutter can leak, and this could result in damage to the home. Go to every section of gutter and look for pieces that may be loose, screws that need to be tightened and look for signs of damage. Check for leaks, look for rust and identify any sections that are bent or in need of repair.

Make Replacements as Needed: If your gutters are old, damaged and in need of repair, there is a good chance that you are not going to get that much more time out of them. If they are leaking and you are thinking about repairs, you may want to consider the possibility of just replacing them. Repair might buy you a little time, but it won’t be long before the repaired gutters go faulty again. If the repairs are going to require a significant amount of money and effort, then a replacement might provide the better value.

Keep Rodents Out: In the colder seasons, some rodents might try to nest in your gutters. The shape of the gutter can make an attractive nesting spot for things like mice and squirrels, and this can cause some problems for the gutter system. Most hardware stores will have repellent that you can use to keep these animals out of your gutters, and you should periodically check to make sure that no rodents are making a home in any of the gutter components.

Shine recently entered the Dallas-Fort Worth market with the opening of three locations; Shine of Southlake, Shine of Plano and Shine of Rockwall. Lee DeJonge is owner of Shine of Southlake, located at 2211 E Continental Blvd. In addition, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the growing national Shine Franchise Group. Shine of Southlake is the sixth Shine location DeJonge has owned and operated.

Shine offers window cleaning, screen and gutter cleaning, pressure washing, house washing, and holiday lighting for homes and businesses.