Gutters Can Prevent Roof Problems
Gutters are the unsung heroes of our homes. Properly functioning gutters protect your home’s roof, walls and foundation from a damaging overflow of rainwater. An inch of rain may not seem like much, but on a roof of average size, just 1 inch of rainfall translates to 1,900 gallons of water pouring off your eaves. That’s a significant amount of water with the potential to wreak havoc on your home if your gutters aren’t clear and in good working order.
If you don’t clean your gutters on a regular basis, you can expect to face problems with standing water, mold and eventually, a leaking roof and flooded basement. Additionally, when moist debris starts to decompose, it creates a haven for pests. Termites are attracted to moisture, and so are mosquitoes. What’s more, an overflowing gutter can start to pull away from the fascia boards where it attaches to your home, creating the need for potentially costly repairs.
When Should You Clean Your Gutters?
A general guideline for homeowners is to clean their gutters at least twice each year, typically once in the spring and again in late summer/early fall. There are exceptions to that rule. If you have tall pine trees surrounding your home, you may need to clean your gutters quarterly, since pine needles shed throughout the year and create a dense buildup inside of gutters.
If you have a lot of deciduous trees on your property, you may need to clean out your gutters more frequently than twice a year. A gutter guard can help to keep your gutters clear for a longer time and reduce how often how often you need to clean them out.
How to Spot Gutter Problems
A few warning signs will let you know that your gutters are past due for a cleaning and possibly need repair or replacement, including:
– Pools of water are collecting near your home’s foundation
– Gutters are dripping when the water should be rushing out
– Puddles of water appear in your basement
– Pests are increasing in numbers inside your home
With routine care, your gutters should last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, depending on the material they’re made from.
Cleaning gutters can be dangerous work since it’s done high above the ground. Be careful to gently and carefully remove all gutter debris.
Patriot Roofing Services provides expert gutter installation services in the Jacksonville, Orange Park, Middleburg and Clay County, Florida region. Ask us about gutter guard installation and our spout guards that prevent squirrels, rats and mice from accessing your gutters and roof.