Clean Your Gutters to Protect Your Roof This Fall

Clean Gutters

There is no shortage of reasons to clean your gutters, and you have no excuse for not taking care of this preventive maintenance project.

As a homeowner, you know renovations and repairs can be costly, but gutter cleaning isn’t one of them — it’s affordable. You can hire a professional and have the task completed within hours, maybe less.

Here are five main reasons you should stop procrastinating and clean your gutters:

Prevent Roof Leaks and Rot

Remember the thousands you spent replacing your roof? It’d be nice if it lasted for a few decades, but it won’t if you don’t clean your gutters. In fact, some roofing contractors or material manufacturers make it a condition of warranty coverage.

If you don’t clean your gutters on a regular basis, you won’t have any recourse when rot sets in and leaks develop.

Avoid Infestations

From small critters to bugs to mold, a clogged gutter system appeals to a wide range of organisms. If you have standing water in your gutters because they’re clogged with debris, then you might get mosquitoes, birds and other creatures making nests near your roof.

The longer you wait to clean your gutters, the more complicated the cleaning process becomes, since it will involve remedial infestation work as well.

Keep Gutters Intact

You probably don’t consider the cost of a new gutter system when you’re thinking about gutter maintenance, but if you don’t clean your gutters, replacement may be necessary.

The brackets that fasten the gutters to your home could bend and break under the weight of too much debris. The joints that connect the system around each angle of your home also can break, and the gutters themselves can begin to sag and pull away from the home.

Preserve Your Landscaping

Water leaking down the sides of your home can be devastating to your gardens. Flooding can ruin mulch, uproot plants and flowers and spread debris all over your yard. If you’ve invested in landscaping to improve the look of your home, invest in gutter cleaning as well to keep it intact.

Avoid Foundation Damage

The main purpose of a gutter system is to safely channel water away from your home. If your gutters are clogged, they won’t fulfill their central purpose. When water begins to pool around your foundation, you have a problem. Continuous moisture can lead to a shifting, cracked foundation, creating structural issues that require professional engineering to repair.

This fall, pay attention to your home’s water drainage system. If you’re interested in a free quote for gutter replacement and learning more about why you need to clean your gutters for the sake of your roof, talk to Knockout Roofing today.