Gutters Prevent and Minimize Damage to Your Home
Gutters are not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the beauty or curb appeal of our home. You might find yourself asking, “why do I need gutters?”. The reality is, while gutters are not that pretty, they play an integral role in protecting your most substantial investment—your home. Gutters redirect rainwater runoff away from your home, helping avoid soil erosion, foundation water damage, roofing problems, siding damage, and wood rot. Keeping the entire gutter system around your home in top shape will go a long way toward preventing these kinds of issues.
Why Maintain Gutters?
Rain gutters fail when leaves and other types of debris clog the downspouts, trapping water which can then seep behind the fascia board and gutters, causing rot and mold. Even before hiring a professional team to clean or carry out maintenance on your gutters, there are some basic things you can do to help minimize debris build up, such as regular gutter cleaning with a high-pressure hose. It’s always better to take preventive measures rather than treating the problem after the fact which can be more costly and take longer to fix. Although cleaning gutters is a task most homeowners can do themselves, it can be dangerous work. Call a professional like American Dream Home Improvement if you are concerned about the safety aspects of taking on this project yourself.
Signs of Gutter Damage
Always keep an eye on possible gutter damage, like any type of splits or cracks, peeled paint near rain gutters, mildew or pooled water near the foundation, watermarks or water damage directly below the gutters, and guttering that is sagging or appears to be separating from the house.
When to Do Maintenance
It’s recommended to carry out rain gutter maintenance every four months but at a minimum, twice a year, in the fall and spring. You can also use your judgment on how often to clean your gutters based on how frequently leaves fall in your area and the types of leaves. It’s a good idea before and after heavy rains or snowfall to do a visual inspection of your home’s gutters. If you see a build-up of leaves, twigs, berries and so on, use a garden hose to flush out the debris that’s blocking the free flow of water. We don’t recommend tackling a new gutter installation yourself, but some straightforward maintenance will help get your home prepped for the summer storms.
During your visual inspection, make a note of any damages so that you can provide these details to the inspector should you need a professional roof inspection carried out. Gutter guards are a very effective way to minimize leaves and fragments getting into the gutters and stopping the flow of water, and they will significantly reduce the amount of maintenance that’s needed going forward.
Hire a Team That Knows Gutters from the Inside Out
At American Dream Home Improvement (ADHI), our skilled roofing professionals have been dealing with gutter damage for nearly two decades and know just what it takes to repair and maintain every type of guttering system on the market.
If you think your home has gutter problems of any kind, the team at American Dream Home Improvement will carry out a thorough inspection of your roof, foundation, and siding, at no cost to you. You’ll receive a detailed report of any damage, the price for repairs and input from a team of highly trained roofing experts to help you decide which option is best for you.