Leaves are dropping at an exponential rate, which means winter is on its way. This also means it is time for some exterior home maintenance to ensure your property is protected all season long. One of the most vital components of your home is your roof. So it is important to do what you can to maintain a strong, leak-free roofing system. Gutter cleaning and maintenance is just one of the necessary steps to achieving this goal.
Many homeowners often overlook just how important the role of their roof’s gutter system. As a result, many go neglected for long periods of time, which can be very damaging to roofs. Gutters are meant to provide efficient water runoff for natural precipitation like rain, ice, and snow. When this system becomes congested with leaves, twigs, and debris, water has nowhere to go, so it stands in its place instead. This is a common cause of roof leaks. Standing water such as this will eventually soften and corrode the underlayment of a roof, and slowly begin to leak into ceilings and drywall. For these reasons and more, it is important to routinely clean, inspect, and maintenance your gutter system at least 3 to 4 times a year.
💦 Cleaning – Gutter cleaning will consist of clearing any debris from the gutters, downspouts, and even splash blocks. It may also require gently hosing out mud and dirt that has accumulated over the past season. This is important to do every season, and more often during times of storms or leaf changing on trees. It also helps with insect and mosquito control in warmer seasons.
🔍 Inspections – It is very important to check your gutter system on a routine basis to ensure it is still intact and functional. This includes checking for leaks, cracks, holes, and other types of damage. You may want to hire a licensed roofing contractor for this service. They have the knowledge, skills, and tools to provide comprehensive and trusted work.
🛠 Maintenance – Routine maintenance for your gutter system is always necessary at some point. This includes providing minor repairs and replacements for areas like downspouts, corner pieces, drop outlets, and splash blocks. You can purchase these parts at any local home improvement store, however, the professionals providing the work will have all the top quality products you’ll need.