Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. But it wouldn’t be able to do its job without the help of your gutter system, which diverts water away from your roof and protects it from moisture damage. That’s why it’s important to have a roofing contractor inspect and clean your gutters at least twice every year.
Aside from routine maintenance, how can you keep your gutters working all year long?
Make Sure Your Gutter Is Pitched Correctly
An incorrect gutter pitch is a common DIY issue. If your gutters’ pitch is too low, water will stagnate in sections of your gutters and create a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. And if the pitch is too sharp, water will overflow out of your gutters and may cause leaks. However, if your gutters were installed by a professional roof replacement contractor, you shouldn’t worry too much about whether your gutters were pitched correctly.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards reduce your gutter’s maintenance needs by preventing leaves and other debris from entering – and clogging – your gutters. They’re a great addition to your home if you just don’t have the time for chores like gutter cleaning or wish gutter maintenance was a bit more convenient.
Why Install Seamless Gutters?
If you want to reduce your gutters’ maintenance needs, there’s also the option of installing seamless gutters. Since seamless gutters have fewer joints than conventional gutters, leaves and debris are less likely to get stuck in between joints. Not to mention fewer gutter joints (which are considered your gutters’ weak point) also mean fewer leaks. If you’re considering installing seamless gutters, make sure to vet a roofing contractor before hiring one.
Looking for experienced roofers near you?
American Roofing & Construction, LLC, a company with 15 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To request a free roof estimate, call us at (910) 964-0114 or (919) 917-2118. Or you can fill out this form.