Each winter and spring, do your rain gutters require hours and hours of attention to remove all the debris caught in them? Taking care of the problem can be tedious, but ignoring it can be disastrous.
Rain gutters protect a home from rainwater damage. By collecting the runoff of rain, they channel the water to the ground and away from the foundation of the house. Open gutters are the most common, but they lack protection from collecting every leaf or pine needle from trees located near your home or the cute little critters building nests and raising havoc.
Clogged Gutters Issues
Debris will clog the gutters and cause serious damage. Not only does it inhibit water flow, it can pile with enough weight to pull the gutter system away from the house, damage to the roof occurs when shingles lift and crack. As an added bonus, debris also becomes a fire hazard in dry weather.
If you are a new homeowner, to understand whether or not an extra system is needed to protect your gutters from debris buildup, walk outside and stand in the yard. Allow your gaze to wander above and near your roof. Are there trees overhanging? Will the wind carry leaves, pine needles, pine cones or acorns to the roof where they will land in the gutter from rain falling?
There are numerous brands of gutters that proclaim they are the best when it comes to reducing or eliminating clogging. Some require installation by professionals. Not only is the cost of the gutter system often beyond the reach of the average homeowner, the installation costs can be astronomical. Look to Consumer Reports for the best performing gutter systems for do-it-yourselfers.
There are some systems that are affordable and easy to DIY. With the addition of screens, you can still use your current gutter system. The screens, often made from plastic or aluminum, are added by merely clipping them on, or attaching them with screws. Amerimax has a complete line of gutter protection that will fit your needs.
So, instead of spending a day or two cleaning the gutters every couple of months, a one-time investment of pocket change and a few hours will greatly reduce the maintenance needs of your rain gutter system. Visit your nearest home improvement center and get started on getting rid of that gutter debris. Ask for Amerimax.