Roof Maintenance: How Clean Gutters Protect Your Roof
The average asphalt shingle roof can last from 20-30 years if it’s well-maintained. And let’s be honest, a roof is an investment that you want to last. Along with biannual roof inspections, clean gutters can help you maintain and protect your roof and add years to its life.
What Do Gutters Have to do With My Roof?
It may come as a surprise that clogged gutters can have a negative effect not just on your foundation and landscaping, but on your roof, too. However, when water can’t drain properly, it may sit too long on your roof and damage your shingles or underlying roof structure. This can be costly to repair, especially if water leaks into the house and further damages your home.
When Should I Clean My Gutters?
Gutters should be cleaned twice yearly. Plan ahead to spend time in the early spring and fall cleaning your gutters and inspecting your roof. By proactively cleaning your gutters before hurricane season, you may be able to avoid water damage later on.
We know cleaning your gutters doesn’t sound glamorous—but it is smart. Cleaning your gutters regularly can save you money on future repairs and extend the life not only of your gutters, but of your foundation, siding, and roofing as well. That seems like a pretty smart move to us.
Gutter Cleaning Tips
If you’re uncomfortable with heights, save yourself the trouble and hire someone else to do the dirty work for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer to do things yourself and are prepared to climb a ladder, these tips can make the job a little easier.
- Make sure you have everything you need before getting started. You’ll want to have a scooping implement like a small trowel, a tarp, and a ladder. Some sunglasses or other protective eyewear wouldn’t hurt either.
- Wear protective clothing like a long sleeve shirt and gloves to keep your skin safe. You may encounter mold, dirt, shingle grit, debris, and insects (and possibly a bird’s nest) when cleaning your gutters. We’ve even seen small plants growing in gutters.
- Ensure you have a stable ladder and that you’re comfortable standing on it. An extendable ladder with extra supports on the bottom is ideal.
- Keep a tarp near the bottom of the ladder to dump the gunk from the gutter in. This way, you won’t mess with your lawn and you can periodically drag the tarp to reposition it, keeping all your gutter muck in one place.
- Flush the gutters with your hose when done to be certain you removed everything. This will also help you determine if there are any leaks in your gutters.
Your roof is an investment. Ensure its longevity by regularly checking for issues and cleaning your gutters. Surveying your roof after major storms, as well as at the beginning of spring and fall, can help you spot any issues before they grow larger. Cleaning your gutters twice yearly can reduce your risk of water damage and help your roof last longer—seems like a pretty good deal to us.
If you’ve already noticed issues with your roof such as torn or damaged shingles, sagging, or leaks, consult with a qualified Corning Owens Platinum Preferred Contractor to evaluate the extent of damage.
Westchase Roofing has undergone specialized training in asphalt shingles to provide unparalleled customer service to homeowners in the Tampa area. We understand the unique needs of Florida homeowners and can help you choose the right roof for your needs. If you’re concerned about the state of your roof, don’t hesitate to call and request a quote.