There’s no exact science for deciding how often your gutters need to be cleaned out. Some will say that they should be cleared annually, while others may say that you need to do this twice a year. Though this may be frustrating and unhelpful, there are some factors to help determine how often your gutters need to be cleaned out. As summer turns to fall and trees begin to shed their leaves, be aware of the following factors.
Experts recommend that your gutters be cleaned out twice per year; once in the spring and again in the fall. A spring cleaning clears out the debris left behind by winter storms, and the late summer/fall sessions remove newly fallen leaves and prepare your gutters for the winter ahead.
The Types of Trees Around Your Home
Specific trees will create more debris around your home and in your gutters than others. For example, if your landscaping includes a lot of pine trees, you’ll need to clear out your gutters every three months, as they shed pine needles year-round. If you don’t have these, but your landscape is tree heavy, you may also want to think about doing this quarterly to ensure your gutters stay clear. On the other hand, if you don’t have any trees on your property, it’s safe to go back to the twice a year cleaning schedule, depending on how many leaves and nearby foliage collect in your gutters.
The Type of Gutter System You Have
There are several options on the market today that keep leaves out of your gutters. Seamless models are designed to keep debris from dropping into the drainage system. There are also screens and mesh to cover the top and keep detritus from falling in. However, the absence of these materials doesn’t mean that you don’t need to schedule regular cleaning. There is no such thing as cleaning-free gutters. These systems only mean that you can wash them less. Seeds and trash can still find their way inside your drain and lead to clogs over time, which is why it’s necessary to keep them cleared out. If you have a system designed to keep these materials out, you’ll still need to check inside of the equipment. Consider inspecting in the spring and plan for cleaning in the fall to keep your gutters clear and functioning efficiently.
If it’s time to clean your gutters, the roofing specialists at Dan Williams Roofing in Lorain, OH, are here to help. This family-owned and operated business specialize in all things roofing, including gutter installation and maintenance, should your gutters need repairs. They can inspect your system and provide advice on cleaning, support, and potential repairs or replacements. Visit them online to learn more about their services or call them today to request a free estimate at (440) 282-6006.