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Most people understand the need to look after their roofs. But many do not pay much attention to things like their fascia, gutters or eavestrough. This is not a good idea. Gutters or eavestroughs play as important a role in keeping your home safe from rain or flood water as your shingles do.
Without solid gutters, the rain will run down your walls. Over time, it will start to erode the ground around the walls and eventually undermine the foundations. Potentially threatening the structural integrity of your home.
Water that is not properly redirected can damage your plants and landscaping. It can also find its way into the structure of your building through small cracks in the walls.
If well-maintained, eavestroughs and gutters can last between 20 and 40 years. But that is only if the right materials have been used and they have been installed properly.
Maintaining your eavestroughs and gutters is not that difficult. You just need to know what equipment to use and how to tackle the task.
Every year, you should clean your gutters and eavestroughs. We explain how to decide how often to do it, below.
To maintain your guttering properly you will need to:
Mould and moss are issues that a lot of people ignore. It looks small and innocuous but can do a surprising amount of damage and be a sign of far bigger underlying issues. So, you must treat it and keep it away. As well as investigate why it has started to grow in your eavestroughs or gutters.
Cleaning your gutters regularly and keeping the water flowing will usually solve the issue. It is particularly important to deal with mould and moss if members of your family have respiratory issues. Mould spores can spread a long way. So, they can be blown into your home when you have upstairs windows open. When they are breathed in, they can make even a healthy person ill.
At least twice a year you should carry out a structural check-up:
There are several good reasons to maintain and clean your guttering regularly. These are the most important ones:
It is particularly important not to let bugs set up home on your roof. They soon turn into a food source for larger animals who can do a lot of damage. If they find a small gap, they could make it bigger and set up home in your roof space.
How often you clean and check your eavestroughs and gutters is a matter of personal choice. Here are some pointers:
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How do I stop birds from building a nest in my roof gutter?
Gutter guards and bird spikes are a good way to stop birds building a nest in your roof guttering. Decoys shaped like snakes, birds of prey and owls can all be effective. But most birds get used to them and will start to ignore them. Moving your decoys each time you clean your gutters can help to stop that from happening. Your local roofing contractor will know what methods work the best for the birds that live in your area.
What happens if I don’t clean my gutter regularly?
If you don’t clean your gutters regularly the water will not drain away properly. That will lead to your home being damaged. If water gets into the roof space it will spread throughout the structure of your home. Or, enter cracks in your walls and maybe even leak into your foundations. Over time, the weight of the debris will become too much for your guttering and it will break up completely. If you cannot do the job yourself, hire a professional roofer.
Do I need gutter guards for my roof gutter?
If you have problems with birds nesting in your gutters, you may need gutter guards. They can also reduce the rate at which leaf debris builds up and blocks your eavestroughs. But you will still have to clean these structures because eventually, the leaves will build-up to the point where they completely cover the gutter guard.
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