Essex County Roofers: Article About Gutter Maintenance

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Many homeowners don't realize that the gutters on the home are almost as essential as the roof when it comes to keeping the home protected. When working properly, the gutters direct rainwater off of the home and away from the home's foundation. Though there are some things the average homeowner can do, it's best to leave the bulk of the maintenance to professional Essex county roofers.

To keep water flowing in the right direction, gutters should be completely free from debris. Occasionally, falling leaves, pine needles, or sticks can get caught in the gutter and create a blockage. Sometimes, there's even enough debris in the gutter that seeds can start to sprout. Problems with clogged gutters can occur at any time of the year, but they're more likely to crop up in the fall. Homeowners can remove some of the debris on their own, but it's smart to have a professional cleaning at least once a year. Gutter screens can reduce the chance of blockages.

Gutters should last at least 20 years, and they can sometimes last up to 30 years. However, even gutters that aren't this old can have holes that cause leaking.

The roofing contractors from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or windows.

It's a good idea to check the gutters for leaks during a rainstorm. It only takes a few minutes to give them a visual inspection. Discoloration or mold growing on the side of the home are also signs that the gutters are leaking. When gutters leak, they either need to be replaced or repaired.

Though gutters often look like they run parallel to the ground, this shouldn't be the case. If it were, the rainwater would simply pool in the gutters. Instead, there should be a slight angle to the gutters, directing the water toward the downspouts. They also need to be properly attached to be able to collect all of the water that's draining from the roof. Many roofing companies also handle gutter installation and can perform a quick inspection of the gutters. This usually is part of an annual roof inspection.

Finally, the gutters need to direct water far away from the home's foundation. Exactly how far away the downspout should go depends on the type of home and the makeup of the soil. In general, it's wise to direct water at least 10 feet away from the home, though the recommendation could be more or less. A professional is the best person to assess how far away to direct water.

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