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Having gutters on your home is important. Gutters can prevent water damage along the foundation and keep landscaping from being damaged by heavy drip edge flows. If your home has never had gutters or the existing gutters are in need of replacement, our team at Keystone Contracting Group have a few tips to ensure stability of your gutters and protection of your roof and home.
A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Gunked-up gutters can also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations.
Houston gutter installations on homes with multiple roof lines, various degrees of pitch and multiple gables add a level of complexity that requires a plan. The key factor in developing this plan is to scale the system based on the square footage being served and factoring in your potential for heavy down pours. Gutters make up half of the roof's collection system; the downspouts make up the rest. Sizing here can also make the system perform properly.
One way to squeeze out some more performance of the system is to increase the slope of the gutter. For proper flow, the pitch should be centered from the middle, out to the spouts. Steeper pitch of the gutter allows the water to flow more freely and it helps with keeping the gutters free of debris.
Extreme pitch, however, may look a bit wacky from the street and add complications in its install along the fascia.
Don't Need a Complete Gutter Installation?
Let's say your gutters do not need to be replaced or installed; it is still important to have the trusted, Houston professionals at Keystone Contracting Group to inspect and clean the downspouts as well, because a clogged downspout makes it difficult for rain to travel down; that will cause rain water to backup and over flow the gutter, which can cause serious damage to your home.
You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often the leaves, and what type of leaves, fall in your area. It should be on everyone's to-do list about every four months, depending on the area you live in.
Leaf guards significantly decrease the need for gutter maintenance, but they don't eliminate the need completely. Instead of every four to six months, the homeowner may only need maintenance on the gutters with covers or screens one to three years.
The frequency of maintenance will depend on the quality of the cover and the type and quantity of trees in the yard. A guard will not keep all the debris out, allowing 15 to 20 percent to still get in; the homeowner may still need the professionals at Keystone Contracting Group to assist in the removal of the guards and the debris.
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