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Due to their exposure to harsh elements, your gutters will not be exempt from weather damage. Rain, snow, sun–they can cause wear and tear on your system in different ways. However, you need to be especially wary of what strong winds can do. Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota, the premier source of the best gutter systems, shares how wind can damage your gutters, and what you can do to protect them.

So What Happens Exactly?

When high wind speeds strike your home’s exterior, the pressure they exert can move upward, causing your gutters to rock back and forth. The repeated movement allows for metal fatigue on their components, loosening the gutter hangers and fasteners, while also resulting in cracks in the material. Strong winds can also pick up debris, and break off limbs from nearby trees, and have them crash against your gutters, creating dents and tears on the system. In severe cases, damage caused by wind-blown debris can even dislodge the gutters from your roofline.

How Do You Deal With It?

The good news is that there are a couple of ways to prevent, or at least minimize, the damage caused by high wind speeds to your gutters. You can, for example:

  • Have any encroaching tree branches trimmed back to prevent them from damaging your roof and gutters during a windstorm.
  • Call a reliable gutter company like Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota for gutter inspection and maintenance. Our professional team will make sure your gutters are firmly in place by checking the condition of their hangers and fasteners. If there are issues, we may take steps to reinforce them. We’ll also determine whether the system is retaining proper slope, which is integral to their draining performance.
  • Add greater protection to your system by investing in gutter guards. Our high-quality gutter protection systems from Gutter Helmet® can prevent congestion and ensure smoother draining performance from your gutters with their patented nose-forward design.

Contact Us Now

Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota is your trusted source of the best gutter systems. But we’re not just an expert at installing them–we can also help you keep them in good shape. Call us today at (800) 824-3772 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We serve Duluth, Minnesota and the nearby areas. We’d love to hear from you!

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