Advantages of Maintaining Your Rain Gutters

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – this saying is very true when it comes to home maintenance, particularly for maintenance of your rain gutters. The following are some advantages of maintaining your rain gutters.

Makes Your Home More Aesthetically Pleasing

One of the greatest benefits to clean gutters is the enhanced appearance of a clean home. Gutter cleaning reduces the appearance of debris, such as leaves, moss, and twigs that is sticking up over the gutters. Additionally, clogged gutters can cause concentrated areas of water to roll down your home, creating black streaks or even peeling paint. However, with regular gutter maintenance, these effects do not have to occur.

Reducing Risk for Water Damage to Your Home

Gutters are intended to protect your home from water damage. However, they must first be free of debris and clutter to properly work. Otherwise, there are several ways water can damage your home. This includes water damming, which can damage the eaves of your home by dumping large volumes of water onto your home. The water can also leak into the home, damaging the walls and floor. Excess water buildup can also cause your gutters to sag and deteriorate. As a result, they may require total replacement instead of simply cleaning them out. Replacing your gutters can be much more expensive than regular maintenance.

Increases Safety

Hiring professionals to maintain your rain gutters saves you from having to climb a ladder and essentially put yourself at risk for back and neck injuries. Also, unwanted pests including birds and termites, can make their homes in clogged gutters. This can increase the risks for injury should you discover these while cleaning out your gutters.

You can also save yourself time from having to clean your gutters when the professionals can come in and do so quickly without putting you at risk.

Saves You Money

While paying for once- or twice-yearly gutter maintenance does represent a cost up front, it is one that can ultimately save you thousands of dollars should rain damage occur due to clogged gutters. Should clogged gutters weaken your home’s foundation, cause basement flooding, or damage your home’s paint, each of these side effects can result in costly repairs. By engaging in regular maintenance, you can ideally prevent having to pay more significant costs.

Regular gutter maintenance is a must-do for money- and safety-savvy homeowners. For more information on how you can keep your gutters clean, call LeafGuard of Indiana at (317) 399-5613.