Summer is an excellent time to do a comprehensive inspection of your roof. The long and dry days can give you enough time to have any roof repairs done safely.
A regular roof inspection can help you to detect and address challenges long before they need costly repairs. You can hit two birds with one stone by combining your roof inspection with the gutter maintenance.
Gutter maintenance is easy if you check and clean it regularly. In this article, we will highlight some of the benefits of regular gutter roof maintenance.
1. Protects Your Home From Water Damage
Gutters are essential components of modern roofs. They are designed to capture the rainwater from your roof and direct it to the managed drainage systems. This prevents rainwater from accumulating in parts of your house that are susceptible to water damage.
Clogged or damaged gutters allow rainwater to splash on your walls, floors, foundations, and paving. The impact and volume of rainwater directed from your roof can erode your paving over time. Also, the accumulation of moisture can damage the paint and structure of your walls, doors, and floors. Damaged gutters can also allow rainwater to get into your basement and cause flooding.
2. Enhances Rain Water Harvesting
Well maintained gutters can be used for rainwater harvesting in places with scarce or expensive water resources. Rainwater harvesting solutions direct all the rain that falls on your roof to dedicated water storage systems through an intricate gutter network.
Rainwater harvesting gives you access to a ready source of high-quality free water. This can significantly cut down your water utility bills in Sydney. If your gutters are clean, you can use the rainwater for any purpose from cooking and drinking to filling your swimming pool.
3. Essential for Pest Control
Clogged roof gutters provide cosy nesting places for pests and vermin. As water and organic matter accumulate in your gutter it provides the pests with easy access to food and water. Pests like mice, mosquitoes, roaches, and even frogs can thrive in a clogged gutter. They can become a nuisance in your home by invading your stocks, making noise and even spreading diseases to you and your kids.
Cleaning your gutter regularly destroys the pest habitats and protects you from diseases. It can also prevent bad odours from coming into your house. Pest nests and breeding grounds typically have undesirable odours. If your home has a bad smell and you can’t find the source, try checking if your gutter is clean.
4. Enhances Roof and Gutter Lifespan
A neglected gutter can cause severe damage to your roof and cut short its lifespan resulting in early roof replacement. If your gutter is clogged or damaged, it can allow water to flow into your roof. The moisture retained can cause the components of your roof to rot and breakdown.
Gutters are typically clogged by the accumulation of matter such as twigs and leaves as well as debris. The weight of this extra material can lead to the development of cracks and eventual collapse of your gutter.
Gutters may seem like negligible components of your roof especially when they are in good condition. Yet when they are poorly maintained they can give your house a bad image and reduce its resale value.