Gutter maintenance is one of the less glamorous parts of owning a home. Having to take care of something as trivial-seeming as the gutters that surround the exterior of your house is never a fun chore. However, gutter maintenance is more important than you might think.
Gutters play an important part in keeping your home safe from the adverse effects of rain. They prevent storm damage from reaching the more susceptible parts of your house, like the roof and the siding. Keeping well-kept gutters is especially important living in Fort Myers. With the daily summer downpours that occur, ensuring your gutters are kept in good condition is an essential part of being a homeowner.
Cleaning the Gutters
If you regularly clean your gutters, they can serve your home for a very long time. But just like anything, if you don’t take care of them, they will not take care of your house. But just how do you properly clean them?
The first thing to keep in mind is when to clean your gutters. Most experts recommend cleanings twice a year, typically in the spring and fall seasons. These seasons were not chosen at random. You should clean your gutters in the spring to make sure they’re ready for the rainy summer season. Cleaning them in the fall will clear out all the tree and leaf debris that found its way into the gutters.
When cleaning your gutters yourself, always remember to wear work gloves, as you will be handling a lot of debris and tree matter. Also be aware of potential bird’s nests that may have taken root in your gutters over the past few months. Finally, know that a ladder will be needed as well, to reach the topmost gutters on your roof. The easiest way to clean a gutter is to start with a clean gutter. Regular maintenance of your gutters will make your next cleanings even easier.
When To Replace Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is a great way to prolong their lives, but, at some point, they will need to be replaced. There are a few signs you should be on the lookout for that will indicate it’s time to replace them.
If your gutters are cracked or the seams between them seem stressed, this is a typical sign that they are showing wear and tear. Cracked or split gutters should be replaced as soon as possible.
If the areas around your gutters are peeling paint or have indications of mildew, then your gutters are not properly removing the water from your house, and you will need to look into changing them out.
Although cleaning your gutters is something you can do on your own, replacing them is too big a job for a DIY-er. Enlisting the help of a professional roofer will not only guarantee the job, it will make sure your gutters are installed properly and effectively. Living in Fort Myers, you do not want to take the chance of your gutters being installed improperly, and causing water damage to your house. Gutters in a storm-heavy location are an integral part to any house.
Should you find yourself in need of replacing your gutters, we would be happy to help! Fill out our easy online contact formor call us at 239-694-1056 for your free estimate today!