When is the last time you’ve had your gutters cleaned? If you can’t remember, chances are this project is long overdue! Though gutter cleaning may not be the most glamourous thing on your to-do list, making a point of getting this household task completed every year is critical for the ongoing maintenance of your home.

If you’re new to gutter cleaning, here are some tips for getting started:

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1. Establish a regular cleaning schedule. 

Experts typically recommend having gutters cleaned every four to six months, especially in the spring and fall. The frequency can depend largely on how many trees are in your yard, as large amounts of debris from leaves can quickly cause your gutters to back up and overflow. Often a visual inspection of your gutters will indicate the need for cleaning and any possible repairs. Some of the warning signs of clogged or damaged gutters include accumulated water on your lawn or driveway; water leakage anywhere inside your home; and the incidence of rodents nesting in gutters.

2. Implement preventative solutions. 

To rectify a build-up of debris, high-quality gutter covers or sealants are generally the best option for decreasing the amount of gutter maintenance you’ll have to do on a yearly basis. You can also consider installing gutter screens to filter out large amounts of debris and facilitate better drainage. Other simple preventive measures include trimming overhanging tree branches once a year, as well as cleaning your roof to eliminate additional debris from entering your gutters.

3. Hire a professional. 

While many homeowners opt to do gutter cleaning themselves, the process can be dangerous – especially for someone who is new to the task! Rather than risk your own safety, it’s usually best to hire an insured professional who knows what to look for and can remediate any problems in the most effective and efficient way. A trained professional will not only clean your gutters but can make any necessary repairs that are needed to prevent any further damage to your roof or home at large. Hourly rates for professional services will generally depend on the length of your gutters, size of your home, and overall scope of work that will need to be done. 

When it comes to effective gutter cleaning, consistency is key. Being proactive with regular gutter maintenance will ultimately prevent larger, more expensive repairs from being needed in the future. 

Call AVA to Clean Your Gutters

Planning to get your gutters cleaned this summer? Contact AVA Roofing and learn how our team can assist with this process.  

Busting the Most Common Roof Maintenance Myths

When it comes to roofing maintenance, it seems like everybody has a different opinion about how to properly take care of roofs. Unfortunately, it you believe everything you hear, you may end up disregarding roof problems that can potentially turn into major disasters for your home. Keep reading as we bust three of the most common roof maintenance myths:  

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Modern roofs don’t require regular maintenance.

Because the quality of roofing materials has improved over the years, many people mistakenly believe that new roofs don’t require any form of regular maintenance. However, while newer roofs tend to be extremely durable and long-lasting, they are not free of many of the common problems any roof can face over its lifespan – such as torn shingles, holes, and shrinking, just to name a few. Regularly maintaining your roof and rectifying any damage that occurs will ensure even minor issues don’t become worse.

Gutters are separate from roofs.

What many people don’t realize is that gutters and roofs go hand in hand. If your gutters are clogged or damaged in any way, this will have a direct effect on your roof’s ability to function properly. This is because clogged gutters can cause severe leakage under your roof, weighing down your roof’s structure and resulting in the accumulation of mold and water damage. Having your gutters cleaned on a yearly basis will ensure your roof maintains its structural integrity and protect it for years to come. 

Roof warranties cover everything.

You may be under the impression that your warranty will cover any roofing issue that comes up; however, this sadly is not often the case. Warranty coverage is highly dependent on your roofing company and the level of regular preventative maintenance you’ve had done. In most cases, even extended warranties do not cover roof damage caused by weather conditions or long-term neglect. Typically, your roof warranty (most commonly referred to as a manufacturer’s warranty) will only cover minor repairs, such as a broken shingle or a defect in roofing materials. It’s best to check the fine print of your warranty before assuming anything!

Don’t Put Off Roof Maintenance

Is your roof in need of maintenance? Get in touch with AVA Roofing and let us take care of your roofing needs this spring!