The Importance of Healthy Gutters

To ensure water runoff is properly directed away from your home, it is important that you regularly clean and maintain your gutters. Whereas a healthy gutter can significantly protect your home from devastating water damage, a clogged gutter will restrict water flow and create opportunities for contamination and extensive structural damage.

Damage Caused by Unhealthy Gutters

A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can lead to:

  • Mold and rot – damp gutter debris can lead to wood rot and toxic mold and mildew growth.
  • Saggy roofing – pools of water will cause roofing materials to absorb moisture, soften, and sag.
  • Soil erosion – Excessive overflow from clogged gutters kills grass, erodes soil, and causes unattractive mud, dirt, and sand splashing against the exterior walls of your home.
  • Water leaks – Improper runoff due to gutter clog can seep into interior walls and cause leaks.
  • Weakened foundations – constant water flow towards the home’s foundations can crack sidewalks, driveways, and walkways.
  • Insect breeding – stagnant gutter water makes a nice breeding ground for pests like mosquitoes.
  • Animal infestations – rodents such as squirrels, rats, and mice use debris-filled gutters for temporary shelter.

Importance of Clear Gutters

Benefits of a Healthy Gutter

Homeowners who regularly clean their gutters enjoy:

  • Reduced chances of water damage
  • Dry roofing material
  • Extended roof life
  • Increased health from decreased mold risk
  • Fewer pests around house
  • Attractive home exterior
  • Increased home curb appeal
  • Significant cost savings, overtime

Gutter Cleaning Frequency

To promote consistently smooth water flow, professionals recommend that gutters be cleaned twice a year: once in the Spring, and again in the Fall. A healthy gutter should also be made of sturdy, quality material that can withstand severe weather. To ensure your gutters stay healthy, secure, and free of flow-restricting debris year-round, contact the roofing professionals at Roof Commander.

Expert Gutter Services

At Roof Commander, our team will provide you with expert gutter installation, repair, and maintenance. Call us today at 352-459-7599 to get a quote and ensure that your gutters, roof, and home stay healthy.