During this time of year in the triangle of North Carolina we have seen, and continue to see, a lot of leaves and pine straw falling. Though we rarely see ice damming as a problem during our winter months, the fallen debris from our trees can cause a tremendous amount of damage to a home just the same if the gutters on our homes are not kept clean. Many times homeowners will think that they will wait until all of the leaves have fallen to tackle the task of cleaning out their gutters. The problem is that the rain doesn’t wait, nor does the damage that water can cause once it backs up and over flows from the gutter. Continual overflowed gutters can back the water up under the starter shingle or even behind the gutter on the fascia board. As this happens time and time again, a homeowner may find themselves not only cleaning out their gutters but replacing a lot of wood that they were not anticipating. How does one solve this problem? The answer is simple, keep your gutters free of debris. There are plenty of gutter cover products on the market. At Consolidated Roofing Systems, we have tried them all but have found as of late that Rain Drop Gutter Guard works great in our environment. The design pulls water into the gutter as it keeps debris out. The product is durable and low in profile as not to take away from the look of your home. Choosing the right gutter guard for your needs is a great option but the best and time tested is to clean your gutters out more than twice a year.