The best gutter maintenance advice for homeowners
Your gutter system needs regular maintenance to prevent the harsh weather it is exposed to from taking a toll. Gutter experts say it’s the number one way to avoid gutter repairs and protect your home and roof from leaks.
The easiest solution is to create and stick to a professional gutter maintenance plan. Let’s look at the dos and don’ts of properly maintaining your gutters and carrying out your gutter maintenance. We’ve answered the most common questions.
How often should you clean your gutters?
Gutters should be cleaned out at least twice a year. It’s the most important maintenance task of all. You need to remove the leaves and debris that accumulate. They can lead to a buildup of water inside the gutters, which in turn can cause damage.
However, how often you have your gutters cleaned depends on where you live and what surrounds your property. If your garden has long-established tall-growing trees that shed hundreds of leaves daily, you will need to look into gutter cleaning every few months.
Does it matter if downpipes are damaged?
The downpipes need to be in perfect working order all year round. This means on the upper roof and also at the foundation. That’s because downpipes ensure a proper flow of water and ensure that your tiles are protected from damage. The part that is close to your foundation will prevent water from seeping into your foundations.
Are seamless gutters just hype?
No, seamless gutters have become popular because they are less likely to leak and last longer. They are made from a continuous piece of material, unlike traditional gutters, that are assembled and attached in pieces. Seamless gutters can be installed as one piece, as a custom fit for your house. They are precut to specifications and delivered at the correct size, ready to fit. Some of the benefits include:
- Seamless gutters don’t leak. Sectional gutters begin to sprout leaks in the seams between each gutter over time.
- Seamless gutters are low maintenance. They have fewer places where debris can build up because there are no seams that the items can cling to. This means less clogging and less maintenance required.
- Seamless gutters last longer because they don’t have joints or seams, where traditional gutters start to show wear and tear the fastest.
- Seamless gutters look better because they don’t form stains and rust at the seams.
Can I do DIY gutter maintenance?
Rather call in a specialist for inspections. They have the appropriate materials and/or equipment to inspect gutters safely and do any necessary gutter repairs if they find problems. A good contractor will also help you with the solutions to keep minor concerns from becoming major problems in the future. Instead of ignoring those small issues, get them fixed before they escalate and become serious.
At some point, you may need to consider gutter replacement. It can be a large investment, but it’s a worthwhile one. Avoiding costly water damage will save you money in the long run. It can also improve your home’s curb appeal, boosting the marketability and value of your home. New seamless gutters especially have an attractive streamlined, contemporary look and come in a range of colors to complement your roof.
Perhaps most important for families is that replacing old gutters can lead to a healthier home. It will prevent water from seeping into your walls and the growth of mold and mildew that trigger health issues from allergies to respiratory problems.
And finally, most new gutter systems come with the option of gutter guards, which prevent the build-up of dirt and debris that are the cause of clogs. Less maintenance for you!