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How to help gutters run smoothly – and how to tell if they need work

Gutters may not be the first thing to jump out at you when you’re looking at your home. Yet gutters play a very important role in keeping your Minnesota home in good condition. If gutters aren’t functioning well, ice dams can form on your roof’s outskirts and water can end up under your shingles. (Not to mention water leaking into your basement if gutters aren’t working properly.) So how can you help keep your gutters running smoothly? And what signs of trouble should you look for? Here are some tips on how to keep your gutter system in tip-top shape.

How to keep gutters working effectively

• Make sure your gutters aren’t blocked. All those fall leaves that looked so beautiful on the trees can plug up your gutters. If gutters are plugged, water can’t run throughout like it needs to. This could contribute to ice dams. It’s smart to clean out those leaves and keep your gutters clear.

Signs of gutter issues

• Water has left its mark. Take a look not just at your gutters themselves, but also the area around them. Do you see discoloration or other unpleasantness on your siding? Could it be from water going where it’s not supposed to? This damage could be a sign of gutter issues.
• You’re gaining an unwanted outdoor pool. Standing water caused by downspouts could be an indication that your gutter system needs work. You don’t want this water to freeze and get icy. Further, make sure downspouts are taking water far enough away from your foundation.
• Your gutters are loose or misshapen. If your gutters are starting to sag or veer away from your house, it could be from snow accumulating inside them. Or, the small parts that attach gutters to your house could need attention.

A well-designed gutter system plays an integral role in your home’s health. It’s worth taking the time to make sure your gutters are draining water properly. If you
have any questions about your gutter system, feel free to give us a call at Minnesota Exteriors. We understand the factors that go into designing an effective gutter system, and we’re experienced at putting in seamless aluminum gutters. A third-generation, family-owned company, it’s important to us to provide excellent
service. We enjoy helping clients from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Osseo and beyond. Let us know how we can help you.


To take care of your roof, there’s something else you need to look at

Keeping a strong, safe roof over your head is one of life’s most basic needs. You need it to protect you from the elements (which, in Minnesota, are always changing). To take good care of your roof, you need to take care of something less noticeable, too: your gutters. Here are some ways to be smart about your gutter system … and in doing so, help keep your home in good health.

  • Keep those gutters clear. Gutters are a part of your home that usually don’t attract much attention. They may not be as attractive as a windowpane or as eye-catching as brightly colored siding. Yet gutters can have a significant effect on your home. If gutters are full of leaves and other debris, water is forced to find a new destination. Water stranded on your roof could cause rot. Overflowing gutter water can also find its way into your basement, or stay in your gutters and freeze. So it’s important to keep gutters running smoothly. If climbing on a ladder to scoop out gutters doesn’t sound like a good afternoon, call in a professional. It’s worth it to keep your gutters functioning effectively.
  • Make sure your gutter system is properly designed. If gutters aren’t working well even when clean, it could be a question of design or installation. Minnesota Exteriors is a great resource for making sure your gutter system is well-planned. Our technicians take into account several factors, such as roof area and the roof line. We’ve served Minnesotans for 70 years. We want to help you keep your roof and gutters in good repair, season after season.

To take good care of your roof, there are other smart steps to take, too. Keep tree branches away. Remove leaves that have landed on your rooftop. Inspect your roof on a regular basis.

Minnesota Exteriors can help you take care of your roofing. We can also design and install your gutter system. Further, we offer free storm damage inspections. If you need roof work, we can provide skilled crews and quality products. And, we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. If you have questions about your roof or gutters, give us a call. We’ll help you keep your home in good repair.