When it comes to maintaining your roof, gutter cleaning is an integral part of the entire process. Poorly maintained gutters can cause significant damage to your home. Avoid paying for expensive repairs and replacements by familiarizing yourself with a few of the following common gutter maintenance myths.
Myth #1: Gutters Do Not Need Maintenance.
Homeowners can easily overlook gutters, but they do play an important job. Gutters redirect the rainwater away from your home, keeping you safe from the rain and weather.
Foliage and other debris can eventually start to accumulate in the gutters. The moss and plants that get stuck will block the flow of water when the rain comes. This debris can cause water to overflow from your gutters and under your shingles causing rotten wood on your decking as well as your fascia. This rot can also cause the screws to become loose and collapse your gutters causing even more damage.
Myth #2: Minor Cleaning is Enough
Some homeowners would think that minor cleaning is more than enough. Removing the larger debris can help prevent clogs, but it’s not always enough. You should also have your gutters inspected for any kind of leaks, cracks, and holes. These leaks can lead to rotten wood or damage to the exterior of your home as well.
Myth #3: Gutters Should Only Be Cleaned Once a Year
Some might think that cleaning out your gutter systems should only be done once a year. But gutter cleaning should be done depending on the foliage surrounding your home. If you live in an area surrounded by many trees, then maintenance must be more frequent.
Your local climate and weather also play a part in how often you should clean your gutters. Naturally, if you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain and storms, cleaning your gutters should be done more frequently. We recommend having your gutters cleaned out at a minimum every spring and every fall.
Don’t let yourself get confused by these myths. Knowing when and why cleaning your gutters is important can help you avoid paying for expensive repairs. If you need help with your gutters, or if you would like some options on gutter guards that would prevent future cleaning altogether, please contact Plumlee Construction today. We offer professional gutter cleaning services that you can trust.