Top Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters

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Roofing Services Are Incomplete Without Attention to Your Gutters

When you’re caring for the outside of your home, or when you’ve hired roofing services to inspect your roof, the job is not complete unless your gutters are in good health too.

Gutters need to be cleaned and maintained, and they have their own set of “maintenance” rules to ensure that they don’t get damaged, or cause damage to other parts of your home.

Vision Construction’s residential roofing team finds a great benefit in educating our clients on the best ways to keep their homes in good shape. These are our top tips for maintaining your gutters, which you’ll find has a direct relationship to the quality of your roof.

#1 Get Started Like You’re a Pro at Roofing Services

Safety and care for your home is at the top of our list at Vision Construction, and we take an abundance of caution when inspecting your roof, and providing our expertise.

Get started like you’re a pro at a roofing company like ours, and be sure to get a ladder that will reach high enough that you’re not on the highest two rungs.

Additionally, pick a ladder that has good grips as well as flat, stable feet that can also dig into the earth if needed.

Take it from us: you don’t want to get splashed with roof water when you’re cleaning, as rain and debris can accumulate, especially if you’re doing storm damage repair and maintenance. Consider heavy-duty gloves and safety glassesas well as non-slip shoes. There’s nothing that makes us concerned like someone going up on a ladder in a pair of summer sandals.

#2 Give Your Gutters the Twice a Year Care They Need

The best time to clean your gutters is in the spring after pollen and other foliage has fallen, and autumn, after the leaves are down.

You’ll find plenty that’s clogging your gutters during these times, and you don’t want to see things growing out of the gutters when summer arrives. You also don’t want water and leaves to freeze once the colder winter comes, which causes problems that can hurt your gutters, and have you calling for residential roofing pros too late.

There’s nothing more satisfying than dislodging that gutter gunk, and watching it all clear out, leaving your gutters healthy, clean, and ready for the season ahead.

#3 Residential Roofing Services Can Include Installing Gutter Guards

If you don’t want the hassle of completing a big cleaning job every six months, you might consider gutter guards.

Some roofing companies don’t do the kind of thorough, free inspection that we provide, which will include suggestions for how to protect the health of your gutter. We can offer excellent gutter guard brands that will effectively keep the debris out, so your gutters can perform the drainage you need to protect your home.

#4 There’s Another Reason You’re Up There: Your Roof

Getting up on the ladder to check out your gutters safely and regularly also helps you knock out an essential residential roofing task.

Get a jump on taking care of your roof by clearing off debris. This is most important in autumn after the leaves have fallen, and you may have to do this more than once as trees shed their leaves at different rates.

Clearing your roof is also essential after a storm. You want to ensure that there isn’t significant damage or storm debris that needs to be cleared to limit the stress on your roof, and for cosmetic reasons. If you do notice damage, Vision Construction’s roofing services and roofing inspection can take care of the necessary storm damage repairs.

These tips – getting up on a ladder to check out your gutters and roof – give you a chance to identify issues more thoroughly. Are the gutters sagging from too much debris? Does the roof have visible damage? Are the gutters causing damage to the roof? You won’t know until you’re up there.

If you’re still not sure, Vision Construction offers a free 21-point roofing inspection that can diagnose your roofing needs, and help us determine which of our services we recommend. For more thoughts on gutters and siding, take a look at our page dedicated to these projects.

Why These Gutter Tips Matter to Roofing Service Pros: The Domino Effect

You’ll notice that we use the word “proactive” when we describe our approach on our homepage. We know this is what distinguishes us from other roofing companies, and we’re proud of this at Vision Construction.

We want you to stay educated so that you don’t end up experiencing the domino effect, which is when problems set off a chain reaction because of a lack of roof-related service or maintenance.

When gutters are left unattended, they can sag, which puts extra pressure on the roof. This in turn introduces mold and pests, which can compromise the integrity of the building materials easily, and sometimes imperceptibly.

Therefore, practical, proactive measures can make all the difference in keeping your home safe and healthy.

Let us take care of your residential roofing needs, whether it’s storm damage repair or simple maintenance. Remember, our work always begins with a free and thorough inspection.

Give us a call at 816-743-4156 or use our online form to get in touch. We can show you how our roofing services could benefit you. We’d love to partner with you, and bring our very best to your home.