Gutters are an integral component of your roofing system and protect your home from water damage. When left unattended, gutters can get clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris which will lead to water pooling at the base of your house. The accumulation of this excess moisture could result in rotting wood, mold growth, and even foundation problems. As a homeowner, it’s important to keep an eye on the condition of your gutters so that you don’t experience severe issues down the line.
There are three important steps to ensuring your home has a functional gutter system.
1. Gutter Installation
Gutter installation should be done by professionals who will ensure that the gutters are properly fitted with screens, channels, and downspouts to prevent clogging and water misdirection. Professionally installed gutters can also prevent any potential leaks that could occur due to misaligned gutters.
2. Gutter Maintenance
Once you have a functional gutter system installed, it’s important to clean the gutters on your home. The bare minimum for gutter maintenance is at least once a year, but it is best if they are checked at the end of every season. Although it can be a hassle, taking care to regularly check your gutters for debris could save you money on future repairs. Keeping your gutters in good condition will also prevent potential damage to your home down the line.
3. Gutter Repair
If your gutters are old or poorly installed, you could be putting yourself at risk for leaks and other problems. Most homeowners can handle minor clogs, but if you find that your gutters are severely damaged, it’s time to consider getting them repaired by a professional. Once repairs are complete, consider preventive maintenance, where a professional will come check your gutters periodically to make sure that there are no issues.
Still not sure if your gutter system is in good condition? Reach out to a specialist at Hadley Roofing for all your gutter needs.