You may be surprised to learn that gutters are an essential part of keeping your roof in tip-top shape. Rain gutters help direct rain and water away from your roof, helping to prolong your roof’s lifespan. Gutters also help to protect other parts of your home and function to divert water away from your foundation and landscaping as well. This is why it’s important to keep them in working order. Clogged gutters can lead to a build up of water on your roof, causing a faster deterioration of the roofing material or causing water damage to the flashing or soffit making your home vulnerable and more likely to sustain extensive damage.
Some of the most common gutter problems homeowners encounter are problems related to the malfunctioning of the gutter system. When leaves, twigs or other debris build up in the gutters, they block the flow of water. This makes it difficult for the water to be drained off of the roof. Gutters can get backed up during heavy rain flow causing gutters to fill up. When they carry too much water, they can become separated from the roof and cause water to get under shingles and other parts of the roof. Overburdened gutters can also break, crack or separate at the joints leading to problems and damage down the road.
This is why at Palm Bay Roofing Pros we recommend you get your gutters cleaned every 6 months or so, especially if you have large trees on your property that can contribute to debris build up on your roof. We also recommend you call us to inspect your gutters any time you notice them becoming loose or dislodged. Catching them early can really help prevent damage to your roof and home.
How much do gutters cost?
Gutter installation costs vary depending on the type of gutters and materials you decide to purchase for your home. On the more economical part of the gutter spectrum, installation and materials would cost between $650-$1100.
If you opt for more sturdy or high-end material such as steel or copper the costs would be much more.
How long do gutters last?
If properly maintained, rain gutters can last about 20-25 years. A good rule to follow is to have them replaced when you are replacing your roof. This makes sense because gutters are usually removed during the roof installation or roof replacement process. This ensures that they are properly secured to your new roof and that the edges of your new roof are sealed properly.
As you know the gutters and the roof work together to protect your home from water damage.
How often should your gutters get cleaned?
We like to suggest that gutters get cleaned twice a year. This ensures that your gutters and your roof are getting looked at on a regular basis. This allows for small problems to be spotted and fixed, preventing them from becoming bigger and more expensive repairs. We prefer for people to get their gutters cleaned in the Spring and Fall. You may also cleaned whenever there have been high winds, especially if you have a lot of trees on your property.