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Why Cleaning Out Your Gutters During the Fall is Important

Although we serve as go-to residential roofing contractors in and around Bucks County, PA, another service we offer is professional gutter services. Now that winter is just around the corner, it’s essential to check your gutters. 

In fact, here’s why you should ensure that your gutters are cleaned out every fall, without hesitation!

Cooler Weather Will be Here Before You Know It!

If you fail to clean your gutters before winter, all the debris and water that collects in them can freeze when temperatures plummet. Once frozen, water from melting snow can seep through to your roof and cause water damage. Debris and water will also become heavier if they freeze, which could cause the gutters to sag. Sagging may break the hardware that attaches the gutters to your house. If this happens, the channels could fall entirely, and they will need replacing or reinstalling.

Leaves Collect in Gutters

During the fall, leaves fall off trees, and many of them end up in our gutters. This isn’t so much of a problem when the weather is dry. However, when it rains, these leaves can clog drains. If gutters overflow, the excess water could damage fascia, siding, walls, basements, and even the foundation of your home.

If water backs up in your gutters, debris and pooling water can start to erode the gutter materials, leading to leaks and holes. These holes may be difficult to fix, eventually leading to the need for gutter replacement.

Healthy Gutters Require Ongoing Maintenance

As many of you already know, gutters can be expensive to replace. This is why ongoing gutter maintenance is so vital. Investing a small amount of time and money today will help to save hundreds of dollars in the future.

How often your gutters need cleaning depends mainly on the area in which you live. If there are no trees around your house, you probably only need to clean your gutters once a year. If you have many trees surrounding your property, you may have to clean the gutters more often. 

The majority of trees shed their leaves in the fall, making fall cleaning an essential task. For pine trees and trees with needles, gutters may require cleaning an extra three or four times per year.

If you want to make sure that your gutters last a long time, apply a regular maintenance schedule. Fall is the perfect time to clean gutters, no matter where you live. So, be sure to add gutter cleaning to your to-do list this fall! For more information, or to book professional roofing services in Montgomery County, PA, contact us now!

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