The Importance of Keeping Your Gutters Clean
Gutters are an important part of your home and it’s a good idea to check them (or have them checked) at least twice per year, especially after big storms. Unfortunately, many don’t stop to think of the issues that can arise if they’re gutters aren’t maintained properly. Here is a look at 6 of the most common reason to clean your gutters:
Roof Damage – Leaves, branches, and other organic materials can tend to sit in your gutters causing water to overflow. When this happens, it can cause the roofing materials along the eaves to deteriorate from rot.
Damage to Brackets – Building from the first point, as the amount of debris in your gutters grows, it holds onto dirt and dust that would normally wash through and down the downspouts. This creates unnecessary strain on the entire gutter system causing brackets and supports to come lose and even fall down.
Damage to Fascia – The fascia is that board that runs right behind your gutters and is an important component of the gutter system. Continuing to build from the first two points, overflowing water and lose brackets can damage the facia leading to costly labor and repairs.
Pests – With all of that debris in your gutter, it can be an appealing nesting place for a number of critters such as birds and squirrels. Mosquitoes especially love it when the debris is damp. If you don’t want pests taking up residence in your gutters, make sure they are flowing freely.
Ice Damming – Ice dams form when snow melts on higher levels of your roof and then re-freezes as it runs down to colder shingles. As the ice builds up, the weight can cause your gutters to loosen or worse, come off completely. The ice can also cause shingles to loosen and even cause water to back up into your house which can lead to a myriad of issues including peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings, and soggy insulation in the attic making it a magnet for mold and mildew.
Cracks in Foundation – The foundation is where water seepage can really become disastrous. If water overflows from your gutters and pools along your home’s foundation, it can end up freezing leading to potential cracks in your foundation. A properly designed and functioning gutter and downspout system should divert water away from the foundation where it won’t cause damage. Keeping gutters clean and maintained may be what saves your entire home from disaster.
While many homeowners can maintain their gutters themselves, we only recommend doing so if you feel comfortable and have the proper equipment to handle the job. If you find yourself lacking the equipment or the time, or if you’d rather have a professional handle the job, look no further than your neighborhood roofer. Call or text us today at (719) 375-8773 or fill out THIS FORM.
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