Autumn, especially in an area like Metro Atlanta with lots of trees, is beautiful this time of year. Where trees changing colors can make even the most mundane locations look almost magical. But along with the beauty comes the pain. The pain of staying on top of your gutters and keeping them clean and clear of debris all season long, consistently.
The changing leaves may be beautiful to look at but the mess they make when they finally fall not only clutters your yard it can wreak havoc on your roofing system if not cleared immediately.
Keeping your roof and gutter free from debris is imperative to maintaining a healthy roof.
Not only is your roof designed to keep the rain off your head, it is designed to route that rain in a specific way as to prevent water from pooling and causing damage to your home. Water can get into your home in a variety of ways if any damage has occurred or if the roof isn’t routing water properly due to debris. Even the smallest leaks can grow over time costing homeowners thousands in repairs. Because your home isn’t designed to hold large amounts of water, keeping it out is a priority for every homeowner.
A properly maintained roof and gutter system is the first line of defense in ensuring your roof is working as intended.
Gutters, especially during Autumn, can be a pain to keep clean, but they must be clear in order to prevent water backing up and getting into your house. Gutter covers are an excellent way to combat this problem and keep gutters clear for longer periods of time but even these can be covered by debris that can reduce their effectiveness. Debris on the roof itself can cause routing problems allowing water to pool and cause problems even if the gutters are completely empty. So it’s best to keep it all clean and clear as often as possible.
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
Prevent debris at it’s source by getting rid of any limbs that may be hanging near your house. If you don’t have time to keep your gutters clear, look into gutter covers, and always clear debris from your roof after storms. If you can’t do this yourself, hire someone, and if your roof and gutters haven’t been cleaned for a long time, get an inspection to take care of any damage that may have occurred.
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure they say, and it’s true, especially when it comes to your roof.