A lot of homeowners focus on maintaining the appearance of their homes. And that’s good—but only if you take care of the things that make your home functional first.
Roofing is one of the most important parts of your home that needs your care. It protects your family from the elements, insulates your house and keeps the rain out.
Unfortunately, its maintenance is often put at the bottom of the to-do list. Sometimes, we only notice we have a roof at all once we are already experiencing major problems with it.
It’s high time we focus on regularly maintaining our roof. There are many reasons why we should:
Clogged gutters means impending roof leaks
Did you know clogged gutters are the number one reason for roof leaks?
You may not notice it, but dried leaves, twigs and other debris collect and slowly build up in your gutters. Once they do and it remains clogged for a long time, the water will seep through and damage your roofing, soffit, fascia and other woodworks.
The water will then find its way into the interior of your home causing leaks, ugly patches on the walls, flooding and major structural damages.
Overflowing water can damage the exterior of your home
Clogged gutters will damage not just the interior of your home but its exterior, too. Because the water is not draining properly, there’s a big chance that the water will overflow especially during periods of heavy rains.
When it does, the water will cascade down your exterior walls and over time, will ruin its paint, darken its color and encourage the growth of moss. Water will also pour down on the pavement and form puddles which can cause accidents.
Aside from being held accountable of the possible accidents it can cause, you might also be fined for violating safety rules and regulations.
Clogged gutters means a nice home for pests
Aside from leaks, all those gunk and the stagnant water in your gutter will attract mosquitoes, moulds, rodents and other pests and critters—it makes the perfect home for them. Rotten wood will also encourage the growth of moulds, causing not just an unpleasant smell and look, but also health problems.
Maintain your gutter to avoid gutter failure
They say prevention is better than cure. And it’s true not just in human health but also when it comes to the “health” of your roof and gutters. If you continue to ignore and put off maintaining them, you might end up needing to replace your roof and gutters which can cost thousands of dollars.
Make sure to have professionals examine your roof and clean your gutters and downspouts. How often you should do this depends on where you live and how many trees you have in the vicinity. At least twice a year is good—once late in the fall and another late in the spring.
Call a professional
Of course you can clean your own gutters as what other homeowners opt to do. But remember that it is a dangerous job.
Ladder-related injuries contribute a considerable number of emergency visits to hospitals every year. According to Safe Work Australia, there were 7,700 serious injuries reported from 2010 to 2011 because of falling from heights. And males have a higher rate of falls and fatalities.
Gutter cleaning can turn into a nightmare in a single misstep. If your gutter is damaged and you don’t know it, it could also collapse on you.
A professional roof plumber in Melbourne can repair loose gutter spikes, clean, repair or replace roof, gutters and downspouts for you. For a fair price, you’d be able to avoid the hassle of doing the job yourself, the injury it might cause and most importantly, you’ll be able to give your roof and gutters the TLC it needs to make a truly well-maintained home.