Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards May 14th, 2018 - 10:20:23
We often spend a large amount of time cleaning and clearing out our gutters in the fall readying ourselves and our house for the incoming season of rain and snow. However how often do we pay attention to cleaning the outside of gutters? A beautiful house is not just tidy inside but must look utterly clean from the outside as well. You may have a beautiful home that has beautiful landscaping winding drive way and sprawling lush green lawns; however one unclean element will have your house standing out from the rest.
Do not drive the spikes all the way. Proceed along the gutter in two foot incremental spaces until reaching the opposite end of the gutter. Get down off your ladder and look at the gutter. Does it tip ever so slightly towards the downspout hole? If it is really noticeable it may be too much tilt. Now is the time to adjust the gutter slope before you drive the spikes completely into the wood. If you are happy with the gutter go ahead and drive the spikes flush with the gutter but do not compress the gutter or ferrules.
Do My Gutters Need to Be Cleaned? Many homeowners may wonder how necessary it actually is to clean their gutters. Debris will clog your gutters and prevent water from passing. This backed up water can cause major damage to your roof above or your home below. Instead of being directed away from your house water may begin to overflow onto your yard foundation or into a window well causing flooding and damage. In the winter icicles may form in these places and become a dangerous hazard to people or objects below. Also if water is allowed to freeze and weigh down your gutters over time the nails may work their way out of the fascia (the board between the gutters and the house).
You see ads for gutter protectors every where telling you that youll never have to clean gutters again but before you buy think twice. In fact dont think; do research. The cost of gutter protection can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Since most gutter covers are known for poor performance it might make more sense to contract a gutter cleaning service several times a year for between $75 to $100 or so. And if indeed you can find a reputable insured company that will service you its probably the best way to go. Yet that may be a difficult challenge; and having someone else or you cleaning your gutters may not be the way to go.