As a home or property owner, gutters are likely the last thing on your mind. With work, school, kids, extracurriculars, laundry, dinner, car payments, and more, who has that kind of time? For this reason, we all need to be reminded every once in a while about the importance of proper gutter maintenance. The truth is, routine care and preventative maintenance are crucial to preventing costly and dangerous structural issues within your property. So it is truly in your best interest to make an effort to pay closer attention to your gutter system.
Start your efforts by clearing your head of these common lies we tell ourselves about our gutters:
➀ “Gutter Systems are All the Same”
This lie is one of the most common, partially because many people do not want to put in the effort of discerning the difference among all the various options. The truth is that there are endless selections of gutter systems, all of which range in quality, size, style, design, function, and of course, price. The gutter system you choose is not a simple decision, so be sure to take your time making your selection. It is wise to consult a licensed roofer for professional advice and recommendations.
➁ “Gutter Guards are Not Necessary”
Whoever says they don’t need gutter guards is just plain wrong. Gutter guards serve more than once vital function, and all of their functions serve to protect your home and wallet. Not only will they reduce the frequency and extent to which you need to clear out your gutters every season, they better protect your home from water damage.
➂ “Gutter Cleaning is Easy”
Cleaning out the gutters is not an easy task unless you are hiring a professional for the job. If it were that easy, husbands everywhere would have no problem acquiescing to their wives’ persistent wishes to clean them out, season to season! Not only is it tedious and tiresome, it can also be quite dangerous using a ladder and working at such heights. Professionals retain the proper equipment and internal safety standards to protect themselves while they perform their duties, making them the recommended route to take.
➃ “Gutters Last Forever”
Many property owners believe that a gutter system is a one-and-done thing; once you install them, you are done paying them any attention. And although gutters are typically low maintenance, they still require some care every now and then. Tasks include routine cleaning, inspections, and guard replacements.
➄ “Gutter Installation is Simple”
Just like gutter cleaning, gutter installation is not a job for the average person. Installing a gutter system requires expert training, comprehensive understanding of gutters, extensive experience, and the proper equipment. There are vital, yet minute, details involved in gutter work that only a professional would know.