Expanding Your Roof’s Lifespan through Roof Gutter Maintenance
Most homeowners know that regularly cleaning and checking the roofing is a wise investment to help lengthen its lifespan.
However, not that many of them realize that checking and cleaning out the gutters is also essential. In fact, it’s quite crucial. The more you neglect it, the more likely you’ll end up with a busted house. Don’t think that just because it’s up there on the roof, it won’t damage the rest of your home.
Most gutters run through the basement and siding of a home so any leaks, clogged or broken parts in any of these areas can also spell damage to the areas surrounding it.
It’s a familiar scene, most of the debris is clogging up the gutter drain and it starts pouring down like cats and dogs, then all the water, instead of heading down the gutter and into the drain; overflows over the side of the house.
This in turn, damages the home and every nook and cranny that water seeps in through. Having a congested gutter increases the chances of rotten sidings, foundation leaching, basement water overflow, corrosion, roof leakage and can even promote algae or pest damage.
No matter what kind of material is used in the gutter, it still has its own personal problems. Steel gutters often rust and corrode after some time.
Meanwhile, plastic gutters can break easily or obtain cracks which will allow water to seep through. Other types of gutter debris, especially organic ones can produce other living plants as well right inside your home.
For homeowners, it’s important to inspect and clean their gutter system regularly. Hire the services of professional gutter cleaners to help get the job done faster. Gutter contractors and roofing professionals will do the job more efficiently because of their experience.
When choosing the right company, go for ones that have a spotless record. These professionals will often employ special products that can help prolong the life span of the gutters. It’s important to do some research on which company to go for especially if the intention is to have them regularly come and clean up the gutters every few months.
Most people find it ideal to have their gutters cleaned during autumn and spring since they can easily fill up with dead leaves falling from the trees.
On the other hand, it’s also possible for homeowners to inspect and clean the gutters themselves. It takes a bit of effort but a family can always change it into a fun affair. The main thing to remember though is to have the necessary tools for cleaning and take the proper precautions to ensure safety. Keep stable ladders and have the right items to make the job easier.