You may not realize that gutters are an important part of the roofing and water drainage system of your home. They keep water from falling straight down from the roof and move it as far away as possible from the house. The gutter downspout gets the water to the ground, then a kick out gets the water off the roof and away from the house, preventing damage to your home’s foundation. Improperly installed or maintained gutters can cause damage, not only to your home’s foundation, but also to your roofing system and the exterior of your house.
Having your gutters cleaned is part of your roof maintenance and is the most important measure you can take to prolong the life of your gutter system. You may have seen mold or algae inside your gutters, and both of those should be removed. Most homeowners don’t realize this is a problem. Mold is black, at first, but it can get furry, like moss on the side of a tree. On a house, it’s usually on the north or the northwest side, or any shaded area. Trees definitely help mold start. It’s recommended you have your gutters cleaned once a year shortly after the fall season so you may properly prepare yourself for the winter months ahead.
Gutter cleaning can range from $100.00 to $500.00 depending on the size of your gutter system, most gutter companies will offer a free cleaning estimate upon inspection of your gutter system. Most homeowners will just wait for mother nature to clean out there gutter system, unfortunately these homeowners are also first to call for a new gutter installation that can range between $5 to $8 per linear which is roughly $1000 to $1500 for complete gutter replacement.
Having your gutters cleaned and inspected every year will help avoid expense of gutter repairs. If you don’t have a gutter protection system this can be the ideal time to install one. Gutter systems keep leaves and other debris and litter out of your gutters in the first place, so you don’t have to worry about the gutters getting clogged. There are many different gutter systems on the market today, they all work the same to some degree by keeping the debris from clogging up the gutter. When searching through all the different leaf guard systems look for companies that have been in the business for years with a good reputation this may be the best choice when choosing the best gutter system for your home.