When thinking about the exterior of your house or commercial property, your mind likely jumps to thoughts about your roof, siding or windows. While these three are major components of your building’s exterior, they are not the only ones. There are some lesser-known features of your exterior that help protect your interior, such as your gutters.
Gutters collect rainwater from the roof and then disperse the water away from the commercial or residential property. Properly working gutters are essential to the longevity of your roof, which means gutter maintenance is imperative. There are some options when it comes to caring for your gutters, from cleaning them out a few times a year to adding gutter guards.
You might be thinking, “what are gutter guards?” or “do I really need them?” The short answer is: no.
Here are some questions to answer when thinking about adding guards to your gutters:
Exactly what they sound like! They guard your gutters, acting as a filter to block debris from entering.
A gutter guard is designed to keep debris from building up in your gutter. However, that is not always the case. For instance, while a full leaf may not fall into the gutter when it has a guard attached, it will break down on top of the guard; this allows smaller pieces to fall inside the gutter and get stuck. Guards can also contribute to creating ice damns in your gutter.
Ultimately, gutter guards are expensive and can often cause the very problems you are trying to prevent.
Rather than adding expensive gutter guards, you can take proactive steps to keep your gutters in top shape. First, invest —if you can even call it investing for a low-cost solution—in oversized downspouts. The purpose of downspouts is to dispel water away from your house or commercial property. If your downspouts are too small, then you run the risk of debris getting clogged. If you have a larger downspout, you have less of a chance of clogged leaves and the like.
The next step you want to take to have properly working gutters is simply to regularly maintain them. Cleaning your gutters one or two times per year can go a long way.
If you are still curious to learn more about gutter guards, there are three types:
While some property owners add gutter guards for peace of mind, they may actually cause more harm than good.
Are you still asking yourself “What are gutter guards, and should I have them?” Do you need some more information or assistance in choosing a gutter guard for your roof? We are here to help. Contact us today or call us at 833-409-ROOF (833-409-7663).