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Fallen leaves and the gutter issues you should look out for in autumn

As the leaves begin to change colour and fall from the leaves, it’s hard not to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

The weather grows milder and the reds, oranges and yellows signal the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. While they can look pretty when still blowing in the wind or in piles on the ground, if they fall in your gutters and on your roof and are left there, you can find yourself looking at naked trees with concern!

You don’t have to dread autumn when it comes around every year though, by paying attention to your home’s guttering and roof, you can spot the signs of complications early on and if you act fast, nip any further complications in the bud.

Gone with the wind

One thing to note is that the same wind that shakes the leaves from the trees is also probably rattling your gutters and loosening any fittings that might not be properly attached. With storms and poor weather is only set to increase as we head into the colder months, if you can see your guttering is loose, you should make a note of it.

Whether you’re missing a bracket or two along the length of the gutter or if the downpipe is wobbling, as the weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s not being cynical to say the damage will only continue to worsen too.

If leaves find their way into your gutters, and clog the channels, they could exacerbate the damage by weighing down what may already be precariously fitted with excess plant matter and trapped water.

The brackets of your gutters can often face the brunt of the problems in an overweighted gutter, especially if they’re plastic. Plastic can become brittle as it ages, another contributing factor to consider when looking for damages. Likewise, if you have a metal gutter, standing water can eventually lead to rust, and if it’s bad enough the need to replace the entire gutter.

Damaged fascias

It’s not just the gutters alone that can be damaged by blockages and trapped debris, if a gutter is regularly overflowing, as it might in a particularly wet winter or autumn, then the surrounding structure can be badly damaged too by the water and weight.

Fascias, the boards that run along the undercarriage of a gutter, are particularly susceptible to water damage. Fixing the gutter to the building and assisting in tile support, if they begin to rot there’s a chance the entire guttering could be damaged and made redundant.

One of the biggest indicators of a rotting fascia is discolouration and cracks in the paintwork. Admittedly, this is quite tough to spot if you’re standing at ground level looking up. If you can spot these telltale signs, then it’s often an indication that moisture has worked its way into the board and begun to damage it.

If you own an industrial property then a rotting fascia board can be a cause of loose tiles, potentially allowing them to slide off the roof and putting anyone below in harm’s way, whether it’s yourself, someone who works for you or a member of the public.

Gutters, like many things, are much cheaper to fix than they are to replace, and spotting any signs of trouble early on (and acting on them) can help save you money in the long run. As we head into autumn, any existing issues with your gutter are likely to be exacerbated by fallen leaves.

If you have any doubts that your gutters or roofing can last through the colder months then don’t hesitate to contact us, and we can take a look to confirm the condition of your property.