Cleaning your gutters may not be the most fun thing in the world, but it is very important. Gutters should be clear for water to flow easily off and away from your roof and through your gutter system. Otherwise, you risk a shortened roof lifespan and even basement flooding. If you need your gutters cleaned, contact Cox Roofing, your Roland Park roofing contractors. We can offer professional assistance and a free estimate. Here are three tips for easier gutter cleaning.
1. Install a Gutter Guard
Gutter clogs can reak havoc. However, gutter guards like Leaf Relief Gutters minimize clogs, therefore minimizing leaks. Leaf Relief Gutter guards keep debris such as leaves out of your gutters. Only water will flow through the system.
Gutter guards have the potential to pay for themselves many times over because they prevent a host of problems such as basement flooding, foundation damage, mold and mildew growth, roof damage, and rotted wood. They can also have long life spans, especially with proper, professional installation.
2. Wear Protective Clothing
If you clean gutters yourself, opt for long-sleeved clothing, gloves, and a protective mask. Also, go with a short scooper instead of a regular long-handled shovel. It can be difficult to dig out or scrape out animal and bird waste otherwise. The clothing, mask, and gloves also protect against allergies and skin irritation.
In addition, if using a ladder, be sure to take proper safety precautions.
3. Hire a Professional
If you have no experience cleaning gutters, it may be better to hire a professional. Gutter cleaning can be difficult and dangerous, and the different material types (aluminum, copper, and vinyl) require different approaches. We can explain to you the various methods and tricks for keeping your gutters clearer overall. That may be able to help you (and us) with future cleanings.
Overall, the purpose of gutters is to whisk rainwater away from the base of your home via downspouts. Pine needles, leaves, and debris can accumulate over time and clog the system. Water that has nowhere to go may then collect around the base of your home or business, thus causing many of the issues you are trying to prevent.
Get in Touch with Roland Park Roofing Contractors
If you’re looking for Roland Park roofing contractors to do gutter work, we at Cox Roofing offer a variety of gutter services as well as other roofing, gutter, and siding services. Contact us today for a free estimate.