Your roof and your gutters are very important parts of your home. After all, your roof shelters you from the elements and provides structural support to your home, and your gutters are there to pick up and remove all of the rainwater and waste that ends up on your rooftop so that it doesn’t become damaged. These two parts of your home work together, so you have to take care of them together in order to maintain their sound structures and ensure that they’ll last for many years to come.
Continue reading for some important tips that’ll help you properly maintain your roof and gutters. Implementing these tips will make a big difference in the strength of your home and your ability to save money in the long run that would otherwise be spent on expensive repairs.
1. Keep the Gutters Clear of Debris
One of the most important steps you need to take in order to keep your roof in tip-top shape is keeping your gutters clear of debris at all times. Leaves are often the culprit when it comes to clogged up gutters, so be sure to create a schedule that’ll allow you to get up on the roof or on a ladder that’s tall enough for you to access the gutters in order to clean them out.
Most people make it a point to clean out the gutters at least once every autumn and spring season. Without doing so, you risk the long-term strength and integrity of your roof. This is because clogged gutters will result in moisture pooling up on the roof, causing shingles to rot away. If you really hate going up on your roof and cleaning out your gutters, purchase a gutter mesh protector that will prevent leaves from falling into it.
2. Trim the Branches of Nearby Trees
Although large trees are really beautiful to look at and they provide your home with ample amounts of shade, the problem with large branches that hang over your roof is that they can become torn off the tree during a storm or even during a windy day. When these branches hit your roof at high speeds, they can severely damage the structure of your roof, and this can eventually lead to costly roof repairs.
Trim the branches so that they’re a good distance away from your home so that you can keep pests off of your roof as well, who can create holes in your roof and in your gutters in order to burrow into your building and create homes for themselves.
Trim the branches of any trees near your roof.
3. Make Sure the Gutters Work Well
When it rains, take a look at how well all of your gutters work at draining water from your roof to the ground. This is especially important if your gutters suffered any structural damage from a recent storm. You may not need to replace them, no matter how bad they look, if they still function.
While many people focus on maintaining their roofs, they forget about their gutters. But if your gutters aren’t working properly or they’re clogged up with leaves, your roof will suffer.
Jim Rover is an employee at Leaf Free Gutter Guard which provides gutter guard installation services. He is a fitness enthusiast and he practices yoga and martial arts when he isn’t busy working.