Reasons You Need to Protect Your Gutter System
Protect your Home from Water, Mildew, Mold and Other Damage.
The average 1500 sq ft roof sheds 1000 gallons for every inch of rain so your gutter systems need to be able to handle a lot of water. Keep gutters clean and flowing, it is smart to hire a professional rather than doing it yourself on a ladder which can be dangerous and lead to serious injury.
Protect your Exterior Paint, Siding and Foundation from Costly Deterioration.
Debris accumulates in gutters and destroys pitch, meaning the water does not flow ‘downhill’ to the downspout. Compare gutter maintenance to car maintenance — if you maintain your gutters, your home will last longer, as your car will if you change the oil often.
A Failure to Maintain your Gutter System Can Result in a Flooded Basement, Leaking Roof, Cracked Foundation, Rotted Wood Trim and More.
To go along with good gutter maintenance, make sure your foundation is properly sloped away from the house – you don’t need standing water near your foundation.
Aluminum gutters can be expected to last 20 – 30 years, depending on proper maintenance. Copper lasts 50 years with good maintenance. Galvanized steel lasts 20 years or less – depending on maintenance.
Accumulated Debris (usually leaves and twigs) in Gutter is a Fire Hazard and also a Breeding Ground for Mold.
Avoid damaging your gutters, don’t lean ladder against gutter. Be aware of ice accumulation; birds and other animals/insects, clogged and overflowing gutters, and storm and tree damage.