How often do you think about the gutters that are attached to your home? Chances are you think about them once per year so you can clear them out after you’re done raking up the leaves. NEWSFLASH! Gutters have a ton of myths attached to their name, so when you do think about them, make sure you know the truth!
Myth #1: Gutters Only Need to Be Cleaned Once Per Year
Many people will clean out their gutters in the beginning of fall and then ignore them until next year. This is the worst thing you can do to your gutters, as they need a little more attention than this. During the fall, gutters might need to be cleared more than once — since it does take a few months for all of the leaves to fall. Your gutters should also be inspected for debris after harsh storms and after the winter.
Myth #2: All You Have to Do is Remove Leaves
Removing the leaves from your gutter system is only one part of the cleaning that should take place. Once the leaves are removed, the gutters should be washed down with the hose to remove excess debris, dirt, and any other grime that lies here. Once the cleaning portion has been completed, the slope of the gutters should be corrected. Having the proper slope will ensure rainwater can properly drain to the downspout, rather than it pooling in the gutters.
Myth #3: Gutter Systems Last a Lifetime
Nothing will last a lifetime, but a gutter system can last for many years if it is properly maintained. Gutters with rust, cracks, and gaps won’t last a lifetime, in fact, they won’t last a few years. If your current gutter system is old with a decent amount of damage, it may be worth it to have it replaced with a new, seamless gutter system.
Believing these classic gutter myths will leave your gutters (and home) at risk for some very costly damage. When your gutter system needs repair or replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.