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The Importance of Clean Gutters

importance of clean gutters

Have you ever had a leaky gutter? How about a leaky roof? Not fun, right? Cleaning your gutters may not be one of your favorite chores, but it’s essential for the safety of your home and roof. When your gutter is clogged with leaves or debris, water is forced to leak through the gutter and down the exterior or interior of your house. 

This can lead to rotting wood, dry rot, mold, and mildew. It’s definitely not something you want for your home and family. Let’s look at the importance of clean gutters to help you prevent damage from occurring and hefty out-of-pocket repair bills. 

Prevent Water Damage 

Gutters are an essential component of your home’s exterior and help protect against water damage. Over time, gutters can become clogged with debris, which can cause water to spill over the edges and potentially result in water damage. Unfortunately, if left untreated, this damage can not only affect the exterior of your home but the interior as well. Water damage can be a long process to fix especially if it goes left untreated for a long time. 

Save Money on Repairs 

There’s an ancient proverb that states, “A stitch in time saves nine.” It’s a charming notion that taking care of small things now will save great expense for later. While the exact origin of this proverb remains unknown, there is some practical truth in it. An ounce of prevention may not be worth a pound of cure, but your repair bill won’t be realistic for repairing that pound. By scheduling routine gutter cleanings, you can help to save money by preventing damage in the future. 

Protect Your Roof

Your roof gets a lot of abuse from outside elements such as heavy rain, winds, and fallen debris especially here in Florida. They aren’t indestructible, but with proper maintenance, your roof can last for years. Gutters are essential components of your roof; their job is to direct water away from your house. This helps to prevent water build-up and damage to your roof. However, if there are blockages within your gutters, debris and water can accumulate and cause significant damage and issues. 

Keep Out Pests and Mold 

As a homeowner dealing with pests can place you and your family in a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, it can be common for birds and other animals to claim your gutters as their new home. Nests that protect young wildlife might be a beautiful sight, but not when it creates obstructions in your gutters. 

These blockages can also lead to water build-up, which creates a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and insects. Mosquito populations are especially prone to multiply in humid and moist environments. They can also carry diseases that can pose serious health risks to you and your families such as Malaria and the Zika Virus. 

Conclusion 

At Rosser Roofing Solutions, we can help you prevent damage to your roof through our free inspections. If you suspect a blockage in your gutter, do not wait. With offices in Jacksonville and Holly Hill, Florida, our team of professionals is ready to help all residents in north and central Florida maintain their roofs and protect their homes from damage. Contact us today to learn more about our services and visit us online to schedule an appointment.