When you protect the durability and longevity of your gutters, you save yourself from expensive repairs in the future. Familiarize yourself with these four common gutter maintenance mistakes and learn how to avoid them in order to get the most out of your home’s gutter installation system.
1. Forgetting to Clean Out Gutter Debris
Over time, your gutters become a breeding ground for fallen leaves, pine needles, bird nests and other debris — all of which can hinder the flow of water from the roof to the ground. Even worse is when the debris attracts pests that can chew through your roof. Give your gutters a thorough cleaning at least twice a year to prevent blockages.
2. Using Harsh Chemicals on Gutters
Avoid caustic chemicals when cleaning your gutters. Instead, go with organic products or manufacturer-approved cleaning solutions to minimize the risk of ruining the finishes of your gutters and siding.
3. Putting Off Small Gutter Repairs
Some gutters leak here and there. If minor problems are not addressed in time, you can expect to face bigger problems in the long run. Each part of your gutters is critical to the performance of the system, so make sure to stay on top of small gutter repairs.
4. Leaning Ladders Against Gutters
Be careful when cleaning your roof or gutters. Do not rest the ladders too heavily against the gutters as this can cause gutter sections to bend and gutter seams to separate. It can also scratch the finish off gutters. Gutter experts recommend using a standoff to hold the ladder away from the gutters.
Whether you need professional gutter repair or replacement services, look no further than Patriot Gutters LLC. We also install French drains and gutter guards to keep your home protected from water damage. Give us a call at (405) 701-0909 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in and around Oklahoma City, OK.