In order to have a healthy roof, every part of your roofing system needs to be functioning properly – especially your gutters. Obstructed gutters can weaken the integrity of your roof and lead to thousands of dollars in damages to the interior, exterior, and foundation of your home. If you’ve noticed water displacement issues, including water pouring over the sides of your gutters during storms or notice water trickling from your downspouts after the rain stops, it’s probably best to call a trusted roofing company in Barrington to inspect your roof and make sure it’s not leaking.
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“How often should they be cleaned?
It depends largely on where you live and, most importantly, how many trees are in your yard. Bob Vecchio, owner of The House Doctors in Cleveland, recommends having gutters maintained in the spring and fall.
“I recommend people calling me in the fall when all of their leaves are down or almost down, Vecchio says. “In the springtime, maple trees get those little helicopters that go everywhere, including into your gutter.”
Vecchio says it’s important to have a professional clean the downspouts as well because a clogged downspout “makes it hard for the rain to go down and that causes them to back up and overflow the gutter, which can cause damage to your home.”
You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often leaves in your area fall and the types of leaves, Lambert says.
“It should be on everyone’s to-do list about every four months, depending on the tree climate,” he says. “In a high-yield environment, leaves fall all year-round. You can’t wait until the last leaf falls.”
Gutter covers reduce debris
Leaf guards significantly decrease the need for gutter maintenance, but they don’t eliminate the need completely, Lambert says.
Instead of every four to six months, you may only need to maintenance gutters with covers or screens every one to three years. The frequency of maintenance will depend on the quality of the cover and the type and quantity of trees in the yard, he says.
Even if you do have gutter covers, it’s still a good idea to do a visual check each year, says Vince Curcio, owner of The Bizzzy Bee in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Vecchio says a guard will not keep all the debris out, adding: “Up to 15 to 20 percent can still get in, and you still have to remove the guard. Sometimes you need a professional to do so.”
It’s important to purchase quality covers and screens if you want to effectively limit the need for gutter maintenance, says Gerry Murray, owner of Gutter Covers of Indiana in Indianapolis.
“You need to look for one that’s strong enough to hold up and suits your type of trees,” he says.
A gutter cover costs on average between $1,500 to $2,500 depending on the size of the home and length of gutters, Murray says.”