The Importance of Clean Gutters
Gutters are a fundamental part of one’s home and are essential to keeping your roof and other structures in premier condition. Gutters help direct the flow of rainwater to allow for continuous circulation during rainstorms and eliminate any flooding on the roof or side of the house. Gutters should be installed where the water drains onto a splash pad or block at the base of the gutter. This will prevent any potential flooding to the foundation, eliminating the build-up of mold and other harmful fungi.
While gutters are designed to drain rainwater, they can cause destructive damage if not kept properly clean. Without the proper maintenance debris such as leaves and sticks can get clogged in the gutters preventing water to flow through. This causes the water to backup and overflow onto the roof, leading to leaks in the roof and interior of the house. The brackets of your house can be damaged depending on the weight of the backed-up rainwater. Pests and other rodents can also make home in the built-up debris causing even more damage.
It is recommended to clean your gutters twice a year, once in the early Spring then in the early Fall, although there are varying factors that can adjust your cleaning schedule. The amount of trees in your yard will greatly influence the maintenance required, as the possibility for leaves and twigs to clog is much higher. Installing leaf guards can extremely help the debris problem, but will not completely stop the build-up and should still be cleaned properly.
Although it may seem relatively simple to clean your gutters, it is highly recommended to have the work completed by a professional. Every year 500,000 individuals are treated for injuries related to ladder falls according the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. At McRay Roofing & Exteriors, we can accommodate any of your gutter needs, ranging from instillation to custom copper designs! There are many color options and can be designed to meet any look you are searching for.