Clogged gutters can threaten the integrity of your roof and even your home if you are not careful and diligent about cleaning out your gutters. The hassle of clogged gutters is a common problem for Texas homeowners. One strong storm can clog even new gutters with soggy leaves, stems, and sticks.
Why gutter maintenance is important
Tapia’s Roofing recommends that you clean your gutters regularly. Here are a few of the reasons why we do:
- Dirty gutters are ugly
- Organic material stinks when it rots
- Overflow can be visible from the street
- Organic material can stain your roof and siding or brick
Even more important than the reason stated above, clogged gutters can actually damage your roof and home. If your gutters fill up to a point where water back up onto your roof water can seep under the shingles or shingle tiles resulting is water damage to your home. With regularly scheduled gutter maintenance you can save yourself some real dough by preventing water damage.
Furthermore, if organic material is allowed to build up for a considerable amount of time it can attract all kinds of insects, like termites, cockroaches, spiders, and bees. Regularly cleaning out gutters can save you thousands in exterminations costs.
Also, if your gutters are severely clogged the weight of the standing water can actually cause the gutters to collapse. If your gutters collapse, you will have to have all new gutters installed. You can expect when gutters crash to the ground that they will be bent or damaged beyond repair.
Cleaning your gutters isn’t a job that you should attempt to do by yourself because climbing ladders without the right training can be a dangerous endeavor. If you do decide to clean your gutters on your own, we encourage you to use caution and use the proper safety equipment. While cleaning your gutters, if you see that your roof needs repairs contact Tapia’s Roofing for free roofing inspection.