With Spring comes warmer weather. In some cases a lot warmer weather.
This is also a time that can cause house fires. When your gutters clog with debris over the winter and you don’t have the time to clean them out this can leave your home at risk for a fire.
When the weather gets warmer (which is usually around this time of the year), your home is at a greater risk of fire. This is caused by too much leaf litter and/or dried debris. Metal gutters have been recommended over plastic gutters in fire hazard areas. Embers will ignite accumulated debris in any gutter. Metal gutters will stay in place, and therefore the resulting fire will continue to burn at the roof edge. Vinyl (or plastic) gutters will quickly detach and fall to the ground.
The debris and combustible gutter material will continue to burn, igniting any combustibles (mulch, vegetation, wood piles) and potentially any combustible siding. Flames can be high enough to impinge on windows. If you have vinyl gutters, a noncombustible (or low flammability) zone near the home is critical (e.g., use noncombustible rock mulch and carefully selected and maintained vegetation). If you have metal gutters, make sure the components at the roof edge are well maintained. Regardless of the gutter material, clean out debris in the gutter on a regular basis.
Another way to prevent your gutters from accumulating too much debris is to invest in gutter guards.
This is usually best for homeowner who have a lot of trees around their home. If you are finding yourself cleaning out your gutters more than 2 times a year, this would be a smart idea for you. You will still have to clean off and around your gutters but this will give you more protection on the amount of clogs you get on your home.
When properly installed (and maintained), these can reduce the amount of vegetation litter and debris that accumulate in your gutter and therefore reduce the need to clean it. Some products can become dislodged over time. Some products can result in the accumulation of debris on the roof, behind the gutter. You will be able to find the perfect gutter guard for your home with a little bit of research. We do have a great article on the different types of gutters guards that can help you decide which gutter guard is best for your home.
Gutters are the most important part of your home to keep in tip top shape.
We recommend cleaning your gutters out at least twice a year (spring and fall) to prevent damage on your home. If you do not have the time or simply forget about your gutters we do offer a Long-Term Maintenance Program where we will call you to schedule an appointment every spring and fall. That way all you will have to remember or worry about is your busy schedule.
Feel free to give us a call for a free estimate on investing in gutter guards or just for gutter cleaning or repairs , call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.
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