Gutters are an often forgotten, but critically important, part of your Orlando roofing. Many homeowners have gutters installed and then don’t think much about them, but ignoring them for years can actually lead to significant problems down the road if they fall into disrepair or become clogged. This spring get your gutters checked by an Orlando roofing professional so they can continue to do their job.
The Purpose of Gutters
Gutters are the single defense for your home in controlling the flow of water from the top of your Orlando roofing and out into the yard. Without them—or when you have gutters that are not functioning properly or have become clogged with debris—all that water overflows onto the sidewalks and areas around your home. If it doesn’t damage your landscaping, it could pool around your foundation and lead to leaks and cracks.
Cleaning Tips for Gutters
If you haven’t cleaned the gutters in a while, it’s important to remember a few things as you get started:
- Always focus on safety first, since you will likely need to climb on a ladder to clean out your gutters. If you don’t have the right safety equipment, call a gutter cleaning specialist to come and do it for you to prevent accidents or falls.
- While you are cleaning the gutters, check to see if there are a lot of small granules from the shingles on the roofing. The granules are there to protect against UV rays, but over time they can fall off and the shingles weaken. If you see an excessive amount of granules, call a roofing contractor in Orlando right away.
- Use caution when clearing leaves, sticks, and other debris from the gutters, as these things make great homes for insects, pests, and rodents.
Don’t Forget to Repair
In addition to cleaning out the debris that might collect in gutters over time, it’s also important that you repair the gutters if they become separated from the edge of your Orlando roofing. Also check the seams between gutter sections to make sure they are still connected properly. If you’re not sure how to repair your home’s gutters, call an Orlando roofing contractor to help.
Leaving your gutters ‘out of sight, out of mind’ often just creates more problems for homeowners down the road. Get those gutters cleaned today so your roof remains in good repair for years to come.