Leaves and debris gather quickly in roof gutters causing them to clog up. While this happens especially quickly during autumn, foreign matter enters roof gutters throughout the year. When gutters get clogged with leaves and water can’t flow properly, this can cause a myriad of issues. We recommend having your gutters cleaned at least twice a year. So why should you regularly have your gutters cleaned? Here are our top reasons for regularly cleaning your gutters.
Prevent Roof Damage
Leaves blocking up your gutter can cause water to build up and run off onto your roof. This can lead to your roof rotting, and the need for roof repairs or replacements, which is a significantly larger cost than proper preventative measures and maintenance of your gutters.
Keep Pests Out
Insects, rodents, bees, wasps, and birds all thrive in gutters filled with debris. The leaves and twigs make a perfect habitat for them to live in, using the gathered material in your gutters to build their nests. This can be a health hazard to you and your family. Cleaning out the debris from your roof gutters makes them undesirable for pests, keeping your roof and family protected. Noone wants a pest infestation in their home, and cleaning out your gutters is an excellent and affordable preventive measure.
Prevent Cracking of House Foundations
Clean gutters allow rainwater to flow away from your roof and foundations, preventing pooling and water damage. In the winter when temperatures drop significantly, pooling water caused by clogged gutters can freeze, leading to your foundations expanding and eventually causing it to crack. This can compromise the integrity and stability of your home, which can be costly to restore.
Save Your Money
All of these issues caused by clogged gutters are often expensive to fix. Gutter maintenance and regular cleaning is a fraction of the cost, thus saving you money in the long run. When you clean your gutters, you are also protecting your home’s value. When it’s time to sell, you don’t want to show buyers a home with roof rot, cracks in the foundation, and a pest infestation. You will get more value from taking proper care of your gutters!
Maintain Your Gutters
Now you understand the importance of keeping your gutters free from leaves, twigs, and other foreign debris, you might be wondering what is the best way to clean and maintain your gutters?
First of all, make sure you are keeping an eye on your gutters, especially following storms.
If you have found debris in your gutters or blockages, contact a professional. Having established that gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, it’s important you find a trustworthy and reliable gutter cleaning service provider to build a long term relationship with. Roof Knight Gutter Guard Guys have excellent professional gutter cleaners in Brisbane and Ipswich.
You can also prevent debris building up in your gutters by installing a high quality gutter guard, which prevents gutter clogging and reduces the necessary gutter cleaning frequency.