Roof Guttering: How Often Should You Get It Checked?
Roof gutters we have all seen them at least once in our lives, but I am willing to bet we have seen them a bunch more than just once. You can find gutter systems on the majority of Melbourne houses because they provide such wonderful benefits. While the roof gutters do indeed provide benefits, they can only work properly when they are properly maintained.
With that thought still fresh in your mind let me ask you a question…How often do you think your roof gutters should be checked? Mind you this is not the same as how often should your roof gutters be cleaned this is simply asking how often you think they should be checked for any debris or flaws?
The answer to this question isn’t as simple as a single answer; there are a few things that need to be taken into account when trying to determine how often you should check your roof gutters.
Do you live around any tall trees? Certain trees like oak and pine will shed their leaves and needles quickly, and for a long period, this could cause your roof gutters to become clogged or backed up, so you will need to check your gutters at least once every 3-4 months to be on the safe side.
So, what do roof gutters do exactly? Why do some homes have them while others do not? Are roof gutters something I must have in my home? All of these questions are typical questions, and all are excellent questions. First, roof gutters help collect the rain water and melted snow and ice and allow it to drain into a specified location usually at the corner of the home leading away from the foundation. When a home does not have roof gutters the rain water, and melted snow and ice water are allowed to just run straight down, this constant beating from the water on your foundation will erode the foundation away which can cause very expensive issues in the future.
While having roof gutters is important, properly maintaining them is also equally important. If your gutters get backed up that water can wrap around your roof and fascia, this water can also cause damage to the wood, causing it to rot as well as become a breeding ground for mould and mildew both of which can be harmful to your health.
So, the next time you are having one of those days where you don’t want to climb the ladder to check the roof gutters, consider the consequences should something be wrong or in need of repair up there. It is better to catch the problem early rather than let it go until it’s a big problem that is a costly problem.