Roofing Advice

Importance of a Clean Gutter

Posted: 11 July 2014

Gutter cleaning is an ongoing important home maintenance task that should not be ignored

Gutters collect the rain running off the roof and channel it, with proper slopes, to downspouts that carry it to the ground and away from your siding, windows, doors and foundations. Needles,flowers, seeds, small bits of bark, twigs and leaves fall on a never-ending cycle. After each rainstorm, asphalt from roof shingles runs off into your gutters, inevitably causing them to clog. Debris piled up above the flashing or shingle line can hold moisture on the fascia boards. This moisture can cause dry rot, ice dams and a variety of other problems.

Clogged Gutters Can Cause

  • Basement flooding
  • Foundation cracking and settlement
  • Soil erosion
  • Dry-rot on fascia boards, soffit, and roof
  • Paint damage
  • Window, door and siding damage
  • Mold damage
  • Fire damage in dry, high wind, fire-prone areas


Regardless of what type of gutter system you have, gutters and roofs need maintenance. If you have open rain gutters, they should be cleaned at least twice a year (Spring/Fall). Depending on weather conditions and environment, additional cleanings may be necessary.

If you also have a low-sloped roof, even a leaf protection system cannot prevent debris from accumulating on your roof, so with or without a leaf protection system, roof maintenance is required. A simple cleaning with a broom or blower is all that is necessary.

However, cleaning out your gutters and brushing debris from your roof, though an important task, is not always an easy one. Climbing and moving ladders and working several feet off the ground can be dangerous. If you cannot do this safely, call a specialist or install a system that offers leaf protection.

If you need some help give us a call on 07 574 7058 or email us.

Check a video on how to clean gutters



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