As the season gets warmer, you should start thinking about home maintenance tasks, such as performing a gutter inspection. Here are the reasons why you should include gutter inspection as part of this your spring home maintenance routine.
Improve Gutter Performance
You need good working gutters when the spring showers begin so it’s important to make sure that every part of your gutters are in good shape. Accumulated leaves, dirt and debris in the gutter troughs can strain the gutter fasteners and weigh down the gutters. This can lead to premature failure and overflowing gutters. Trapped detritus in gutter seams can also damage caulking, which can lead to leaks and corrosion.
In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance, you can improve gutter performance and lifespan by investing in seamless gutters and gutter protection systems. Seamless gutters have lower maintenance requirements compared to traditional sectional ones and are less likely to break under heavy rainfall. Gutter protection systems, such as Bulldog Gutter Guard, help prevent gutters from clogging by preventing detritus from entering gutter troughs.
Avoid Damage to the Roof and Siding
Overflowing gutters can back up into the roof deck. Once moisture infiltrates the roofing structure, it can get trapped instead of evaporating. Trapped moisture can cause damage to the roofing support structure, decking and insulation. Proper ventilation and use of a “breathable” underlayment can help keep moisture damage to a minimum, but it is better if moisture infiltration doesn’t happen at all. Overflowing runoff can do the same to the house exteriors, which can result in unplanned siding repair.
Prevent Mold Growth
Moisture infiltration can also result in mold growth, particularly in warm, moist and dark areas like attics and gaps within the walls. Mold spores are known to trigger allergies and other types of respiratory problems – yet another reason why gutter cleaning should be done regularly.