Gutters can go a long way in protecting logs from excessive moisture, especially when they are installed over a deck. One of the main causes of log rot is water splashing off a deck or other objects, which can keep the lower logs wet. Too much moisture can lead to rot.
The down side to gutters is that they can get clogged and they can leak. Though it may be a chore you dread doing, keeping gutters in good working condition helps to direct water away from your logs.
With the snow gone – well mostly gone if you live up in our neck of the woods – it is a good idea to make sure your gutters have survived the winter, are not clogged with leaves and debris, and are not cracked or leaking. Doing this is a good example of the motto “on ounce of prevention…”
If you have gutters, check them annually. If you have problems with rot along a deck, consider installing gutters. Gutters can be a reasonably economic part of the solution to controlling moisture.
Note: Most times metal roofs and gutters don’t work well together in snowy climates because in the winter, when the ice and snow slides off the roof, it can tear them off. One way to avoid this problem is to remove the gutters for the winter season.
For information on how we repair rotten logs, click here.