Reasons Why Gutter Maintenance is Critical

Oakland gutters

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For many homeowners, gutters represent one of those structures they don’t think about very often. After all, when they’re working properly and giving you peace of mind, why bother?

Here’s why. In much the same way that you need to maintain your cardiovascular system even when everything’s “working fine” by eating a diet that’s low in sugar and trans fats and rich in veggies, protein and healthy fats, you likewise need to maintain your gutters to protect the various systems of your house, like your roofing system.

Simple gutter components cost relatively little per lineal foot and come in a variety of materials, from copper to aluminum to steel to vinyl. Each offers varying levels of value, durability, and aesthetic appeal. However, they all perform the same basic functions, including:

  • Controlling the flow. Gutters guide rainwater and melted snow off the roof and onto the ground, where it can soak back into the soil.
  • Prevents water damage. These structures spare exteriors from excess moisture damage.
  • Preserves landscaping. Many homeowners invest a great deal of time and/or money in their landscaping; carefully-routed gutters divert water safely away from these arrangements.
  • Repels insects. Bugs become attracted to damp spaces in basements or crawlspaces, but gutters help keep these areas dry.

To perform their many useful functions, gutters must remain clear of leaves and debris. Engage in proper gutter repair and maintenance to protect these systems for years to come.

Professional East Bay Roofing Contractors

For assistance, get expert bay area gutter installation from an experienced Bay Area roofing contractor. Turn to Ben’s Roofing for a free consultation today by calling us at 510-690-8570 about your roofing services needs.