Gutter cleaning is rarely seen as an exciting chore, but it must be done one way or another. Neglecting your gutters can lead to a range of problems, from your roofing down to your foundation. That is why you should never skip this task during home maintenance in the spring and fall. Fortunately, gutter cleaning does not necessarily have to be a difficult task. Here are some tips on how you can make this chore a whole lot simpler.
You may not realize it, but your gutters are important in keeping your home free from water damage. Although they are a highly visible part of rooflines, most people do not pay much attention to them. Clogged gutters are then common, which can result in various roofing and moisture problems. [Read more…]
On increasingly popular home improvement TV shows, the hosts will get you to believe that almost everything can be DIY-ed. However, while there are indeed a few projects that can be done without hiring a professional, there are those like gutter installation that should be left to gutters and roofing specialists.
Home improvement projects can cost a significant amount so it’s understandable if you’re tempted to try and save on them as much as possible. There are many ways to accomplish this such as negotiating with your contractors, doing it yourself or researching which ones can be put on hold for now. However, out of all these methods, the one thing you should never do is avoid installing gutter protection systems on your home.
The number one enemy of many of your home’s fixtures is uncontrolled water. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common elements that your home gets exposed to all year round. High amounts of water and moisture are particularly detrimental to wooden structures as it softens the fibers and accelerates rotting. Composite materials like vinyl are more resistant to the bad effects of water, but they can fall victim to excessive staining caused by dust and dirt deposits that leaking water leaves behind. All these problems could leave you in dire need of a roof repair or, worse, a full replacement.