Gutters don’t demand a lot of attention. They do their job, quietly, month after month, year after year. They don’t complain. However, this doesn’t mean they should be ignored. When gutters get clogged, dirty, disconnected or broken, it can lead to all kinds of other issues.
Why Gutter Cleaning Matters
There are many ways in which clean gutters will benefit your home. Gutters which are clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris can cause water to back up, leading to roof leaks and water damage to the interior of your house. Clogged gutters also make a perfect home for pests, which can easily transition to being inside residents if you’re not careful.
Of course, the biggest threat here in New England are ice dams. If your gutters are clogged in wintertime, snow can melt on your roof and re-freeze around the gutters, causing even more water and ice to back up, and potentially leading to catastrophic roof damage.
Best Times to Have Your Gutters Cleaned
We generally recommend having gutters cleaned out twice every year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This ensures year-round protection for your home, no matter what the changing seasons may throw at it, and saves you money on repairs down the line.
Spring gutter cleaning is important for two reasons. First, the melting snow on your roof often leaves behind a lot of unseen debris. Second, springtime in New England brings some of the year’s heaviest rains and fiercest winds, so you need to know your gutters are clear and in good condition.
Fall gutter cleaning might just be your home’s best defense against punishing winter weather. The best time to have your gutters cleaned is late in autumn, after all the leaves have fallen, and your roof and gutters are likely littered with debris. Your gutters must be clear before the snow and fluctuating temperatures of winter strike.
Choosing the Right Gutter Team
The most important aspect of gutter maintenance is to work with a team of pros who understand the challenges faced by homes in our part of the country. At Couto Construction, we’ve been here for more than 30 years.
Contact us today to learn more about working with Couto Construction. From gutter cleaning and maintenance to complete gutter replacement and installation, we offer all the necessary services for all our friends and neighbors in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island.