Why It’s So Important to Keep Your Rain Gutters in Great Condition

Keeping Gutters in Good Condition

Regular gutter cleaning is essential if you want to keep your rain gutters and downspouts in great condition so that they can do their job.  That’s right, those rain gutters on your home aren’t just there for show, they are there to protect your home from the damage that uncontrolled rainwater will cause.  It’s not a matter of if rainwater will damage your home if your gutters don’t work properly, it’s a matter of how much damage will it cause?

It’s far too easy to forget about gutter maintenance.  When your gutters and downspouts are doing their jobs, then everything is great.  The problem here though is that in many cases even when your rain gutters are not working properly, you don’t have a lot of warning signs.  Sure, you may see a dripping or drooping rain gutter, but in many cases, you either won’t see a sign like this or you won’t notice it if it is there.

This is why having a gutter cleaning service, by a reputable professional company like We Get Gutters™, is so important. Rather than leaving it to chance that your gutters are in good shape, you are much better off ensuring that they are by having regular gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance done.

The Consequences of Neglecting Your Gutters

When most people are confronted with the realities of what happens when they don’t have their gutters and downspouts cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, they are generally astonished at just how much damage can occur.  There’s a reason that rain gutters and downspouts are prominent features on every home or building in a climate where there is significant rainfall. That reason is simple, they protect homes and building from water damage

When it rains water hits the roof of your home, then controlled by gravity it is pulled downward toward the ground.  Do you think that all of that water cares where it’s going? Of course not, it’s just water after all. If you have a properly functioning rain gutter system then that was is collected in your gutters, funneled down your downspouts, and ends up being deposited in parts of your yard where it will not cause problems.

Neglected Gutters

If you don’t have a properly functioning rain gutter system than all of that water is going to end up wherever the path of least resistance allows it to get to.  That often means getting inside of your home or pooling on the ground where it will end up seeping into your home’s foundation. If it gets into your home then it’s going to end up causing toxic black mold to spread.  If it gets into your home’s foundation, and it freezes, then it’s going to damage the foundation and possibly destroy your home.

Not having a gutter cleaning service come out and clean and inspect your rain gutters on a regular basis not only exposes your home to a lot of potential water damage, it will also usually end up causing your rain gutters to fail prematurely.  When that happens if you are lucky you will be able to hire a company to come out and repair your gutters. If you are not lucky then you are going to end up having to have your rain gutters replaced, which can get quite expensive.

How Much Will It Cost to Replace Your Gutters?

First of all, if you end up having to replace your gutters due to allowing them to fall into a state of disrepair, don’t compound the problem by trying to install the new gutters yourself.  Not only will you run the risk of making a mistake and damaging your home or your new gutters, you also run the risk of not installing your new gutters properly. That can cause them to fail, or it can cause them to not work right and cause water damage to your home.

The second thing you need to remember when you are planning to have new rain gutters installed is that this is not the time to go cheap.  Will vinyl gutters cost you less money than aluminum gutters? Yes. Will segmented gutters cost you less money than seamless gutters? Again, yes.  But, choosing less expensive options will lead you to have to replace your gutters again sooner, and it will also usually end up costing you more money to have them cleaned.

So, getting back to the point here, how much will it cost? On the low end, using vinyl, segmented gutters, you are probably going to end up spending around a thousand dollars.  If you decide to invest in a better material, such as aluminum, then you are going to be looking at about double that. If you decide to go with the best gutters, copper seamless gutters, then you will be looking at a bill in the range of several thousand dollars.

The point here isn’t that installing new gutters is expensive, it’s that installing new gutters is expensive and largely avoidable.  Sure, there are natural problems like a falling tree branch that can knock down your gutters that you can’t do much about. But, what you can do a lot about is have regular gutter cleaning done by a professional.  This will keep your gutters from being weighed down by excessive debris, which is the main factor that contributes to most rain gutter systems failing

Not only will neglecting your gutters end up in them failing prematurely, it’s not going to alleviate the underlying problem.  If you spend all of that money replacing your gutters, then neglect them again, they are going to fail again. So, even if you replace your rain gutters you are still going to end up having to pay to have the new ones cleaned unless you want to end up paying to have them replaced again in the near future.

Gutter Guard

Gutter Guards Will Not Protect Your Gutters

After learning that debris building up in your gutters will lead to them failing prematurely, you may be considering having gutter guards installed.  From a purely logical standpoint, this would seem to make sense. Gutter guards are devices, with a wide variety of designs, that claim to be able to keep leaves, twigs, pine needles, and various other sources of debris from getting into your gutters.  If gutter guards really worked then they would be an investment that every homeowner should make.

Unfortunately, gutter guards don’t work as advertised.  In fact, there is overwhelming evidence to prove that they don’t work.  The biggest evidence that is out there is the fact that there are so many gutter cleaning services out there.  If gutter guards really worked would there be a demand for gutter cleaning companies? Of course, there wouldn’t, so the fact that there are so many gutter cleaning companies out there is a clear indication that gutter guards don’t work.

There are two different primary designs that are used for gutter guards.  The first design is a solid cover that goes over the top of a rain gutter that is designed to provide a barrier that prevents debris from getting into a rain gutter.  The good news here is that this type of design is actually quite effective at keeping out debris. That bad news is that it’s also quite effective at keeping out water.  This type of gutter guard fails because it allows water to reflect off of the top of it, which produces a similar effect as not having any rain gutter at all.

The other type of design that is most frequently used is a type of mesh that either sits on top of a gutter or sits inside of it.  While a mesh design is far less likely to reflect water away, it is also much more likely to allow debris to get trapped in it. So, a mesh type gutter guard may slow down the process of your gutters get clogged, but it won’t stop it.  On top of that, it adds weight to your rain gutters, which will place extra strain on them, which will contribute to them failing more rapidly.

Hiring A Professional for Gutter Cleaning and Gutter Maintenance Is Your Best Option

So, your rain gutters will fail more quickly if they are weighed down by debris, which exposes your home to the risk of significant water damage.  Gutter guards are ineffective. That really leaves only one option, and that option is to have a professional gutter cleaning service come out and clean and inspect your gutters on a regular basis.

Hiring a professional for gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance offers a number of advantages.  The most obvious advantage is that it keeps your gutters from getting clogged up with debris. This will help them to last longer, and it will also help to prevent your home from suffering water damage.  On top of that, regular inspections by a professional will also allow you to be made aware of small problems in your gutters before they become big problems. That can mean the difference between a minor repair that costs next to nothing and having to pay for repairs that can financially cripple you.

If you do make the smart choice and decide to hire someone to clean and inspect your gutters, make sure that the person or company you hire is an actual professional.  A professional gutter cleaning company will be licensed, bonded, and insured, which protects you financially in the unlikely event that there is some kind of accident during the gutter cleaning process.

They also have technicians that are experts, and they make use of the best gutter cleaning equipment. The bottom line is that if you want the best results, and don’t want to expose yourself to any financial liability, then hiring a professional company is the only option you should be considering.

Why We Get Gutters™ Is the Best Option for You

If you are looking for a gutter cleaning company that you can trust to do an outstanding job, while still charging you a price that is fair, then We Get Gutters should be your first choice.  We Get Gutters™ is a reputable, professional, gutter cleaning company that provides the best service possible. They know that their reputation is the key to their continuing success, and because of that, they will do just about anything to make their clients happy.

Interested in finding out exactly how much it will cost you to have your gutters cleaned and inspected by We Get Gutters™? No problem, you can go to their website and fill out some basic information and be given an accurate quote.  They really do go out of their way to make the process of having your gutters cleaned and inspected as simple as possible for you.

Hiring A Professional to Clean and Inspect Your Gutters Isn’t an Expense It’s an Investment

The number one reason that people ignore their gutters and don’t hire a professional to clean them is due to a desire to save money.  Ask yourself, is it really worth saving a few hundred dollars a year if it forces you to expose yourself to tens of thousands of dollars of possible water damage repair bills? Of course, this is not a good trade-off.  If you want to save money there are other ways you can save money, you should never put your home at risk to save such a small amount of money. It really is that simple.

If you are still hesitant to “waste” money on having your gutters cleaned, then try thinking of it as an investment rather than an expense.  It’s an investment because it’s going to pay off by protecting your home and preventing you from having to spend a lot of money to repair it.

As a homeowner, you really do need to keep on top of things to ensure that your home appreciates in value over time. One of the best ways to do this is by hiring a professional gutter cleaning company that you can trust.  If you are looking for that company then you definitely need to contact We Get Gutters™ today.