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Feb 28, 2019 GETTING DOWN TO THE FOUNDATION  
Feb 28, 2019 GETTING DOWN TO THE FOUNDATION  

When gutter maintenance is overlooked, the damage isn’t limited to your gutters. It can rattle the roots of your home’s foundation.

Foul fall weather can sneak up on a homeowner. Suddenly there’s snow and ice on the ground and DIY gutter cleaning is ill advised. Now is not the time to prop up your extension ladder around the house on a base of frozen ground.

So as the season stretches on, dotted with snowstorms and below zero temps, the gutter cleaning goes a full year without cleaning. It’s full of leaves that shed from the trees in fall. Enough dirt has accumulated in some corner turns of your gutter sprout clover-topped weeds with an exceptionally wet spring.

Angie’s List cautions homeowners that failure to clean your gutters and downspouts can mean damage to the wood fascia boards that hold the gutter system. It can mean damage to the landscaping when the rainwater that would otherwise run down the rainspout and out to the garden beds (if not blocked) doesn’t.

Blocked gutters can cause ice dams to form. Ice dams cause water to pool and then seep into the house, causing damage to the ceiling, walls and insulation.

Ice dams are the cause of mold which can make a home uninhabitable in the worst case and necessitate a lot of remediation in a slightly better case.

Gutter replacement is part and parcel of reroofing, according to Bob Bellitt, Bob Bellitt, President

Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Colo., celebrating 52 years in business in 2019. Bellitt founded Arapahoe Roofing in 1967 when roofing was barely regulated. Bellitt and his partner Terry Lavelle were founding members of the Colorado Roofing Association, an organization intent on improving education and regulation in the roofing industry.

As a recognized leader in the industry in nine states including in Colorado, California, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Kentucky. Arapahoe Roofing is licensed, bonded and insured in those states too.

Call Arapahoe Roofing for your estimate for a new roof this spring.