Rain gutters are the number one mechanical contributor to the deterioration of your home. Over years of experience dealing with faulty and failing gutters, American Roofing and Restorations has learned the main contributing factors are one or more of the following:
- poor design
- defective installation
- nearly all are so poorly maintained that they have suffered damage or premature deterioration.
Gutter maintenance can be difficult and time consuming for home owners, it is a commonly procrastinated chore. Many gutters are difficult or near impossible to access and require putting yourself at risk. According to a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy: around 136,000 American’s end up in hospitals for ladder-related injuries each year. Proper gutter maintenance for homes with trees usually requires three to four cleanings a year (although for dry years, two cleanings should be enough). American Roofing and Restorations will professionally maintain our client’s gutters as part of our standard seasonal maintenance. For those not in our service program - we highly recommend using a professional to clean your gutters.
A more difficult to understand fact has to do with defective gutter installations. Of the many gutter systems, we have cared hundreds have suffered from blatant construction defects. Missing flashing, leaking seams, standing water, and improperly placed or missing downspouts are the most frequent issues. We also routinely discover improperly sized gutters, unpainted interiors, sloppy sheet metal work, and defective support mechanisms. The long-term integrity of a home’s structure is dependent on the effectiveness of its gutter system, but many builders and designers tend to overlook their importance.