Importance Of Gutter Maintenance

Very few, if any, homeowners look forward to cleaning out the gutters when the seasons change. However, it must be done at least twice a year if the home is to remain in good repair. Neglected gutters cause damage to homes that is often quite expensive to repair. Competent Middlesex County roofers can help homeowners keep their gutters clean and also repair or replace them if needed.

Clogged gutters can cause damage to many systems around a home. Gutters and downspouts are designed to carry water away from the house and release it elsewhere, preventing damage. Gutters and downspouts that are no longer functional allow water to cause damage to other parts of the home. As water spills over the gutters, it can run down the home’s siding. If allowed long enough, the paint could fail, and the siding could rot. Additionally, water that pools near the home can cause the foundation to crack or crumble as the water freezes, melts and re-freezes between spring ice storms. Clogged gutters have also been responsible for flooded basements.

Clogged gutters must also be replaced more often than those that run freely.

This is because the debris that collects in the gutters holds moisture and begins to rot. The rotting process can cause the gutters to rust where they are connected to the fascia, leading to gutters that sag or, in extreme cases, simply fall off the house.

For homeowners who hate to work on a ladder, there are many types of gutter guards available on the market. These guards are designed to keep leaves, nuts, tree needles and other debris from collecting in the gutters and clogging them up. They come in a wide variety of styles and prices. Some can easily be installed by homeowners while others are best installed by professionals. They can be as simple as a snap-in screen or as complicated as a reverse curve gutter guard. Installing gutter guards can eliminate the need for homeowners to clean their gutters with the changing of the seasons. However, the gutters will still need to be checked and cleaned every three to five years.

New gutters and downspouts can be easily installed by experienced roofers. Professionals can help homeowners select the best type of gutters for their house’s roof. They will also help choose the gutter guard that is most suitable for the pitch of the roof and the types of vegetation in the area. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding roof repairs or gutters.

Term explained by the roofing professionals from Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ:

Reverse curve gutter guard

Relying on the surface tension of water, this gutter guard directs water flowing off the roof, into the gutters and away from the house while keeping leaves and other trash out of the gutters.

Question and answer courtesy of the Middlesex County roofing experts from Fortified Roofing of NJ:

Can homeowners replace their own shingles?

After a storm, a homeowner can replace the few shingles that might have blown away. This is most easily done for homes that are roofed with asphalt shingles. However, for homes roofed with wood shakes or tile, a professional roofer should be called in. Additionally, if more than a handful of shingles need to be replaced, that could be a sign of larger problems, so homeowners should contact a roofer for an inspection.

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