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How Often Should I Clean My Roof Gutters?

How often your roof gutters need cleaning depends on your environment, your location and even your climate. The basic rule is to clean your gutters a few times a year to prevent damage, flooding and infestation by insects and rodents. However, there are some additional steps you can take to reduce the amount of debris which collects in your gutters. This can reduce how often they need cleaning.

Tips for Reducing Time Spent Cleaning Roof Gutters

  • Install gutter screens or guards that catch debris and keep it from clogging gutters and drains. This makes cleaning roof gutters quick and easy.
  • Install seamless gutters to avoid leaks, gaps and cracks, which create blockage and prevent gutters from draining properly.
  • Inspect the gutters at least once a year to ensure they are laying flush against the roof eaves. Misalignment prevents proper drainage.
  • Check for blockage in the drain spout. Remove any debris you see, and use a hose to flush out anything you cannot reach.

Cleaning roof gutters is a necessary evil. First and foremost, keep safety in mind when climbing a ladder or doing work on the roof. Remove the debris that you can see at the top and the bottom of the gutter. Taking an hour or two to clean your roof gutters now will save hours and dollars you'll otherwise spend on repairs down the road.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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