Handy hints, and a beginner’s guide to essential gutter maintenance

Guttering, like so many external aspects of our houses, is something that we tend not to think about until something goes wrong with it. It is very much a case of “out of sight, out of mind.” However, a little bit of thought and a regular maintenance regime can not only extend the life of your guttering, but it can also reduce the risk of major damage that might require repair.

As Surrey’s foremost provider of gutter repair and maintenance services, we deal with plenty of client’s whose guttering has succumbed to damage and deterioration long before its time. As a result, we have put together the following collection of handy hints for our existing and future customers – a beginner’s guide to essential gutter maintenance.

Why is gutter maintenance so important?

Gutters are designed to carry roof water away from your property, along drainpipes and into the drain. When they become blocked or damaged through one thing or another, they are unable to perform this essential task. Without your gutters operating as they should, water can spill out over the top, or through holes and gaps in the guttering. This water will likely run down the exterior walls of your home, contributing to damp, erosion and, over time, significant damage to the property itself.

So, what are the best ways to keep your guttering in good working order?

1. Proper gutter installation

It is easy to underestimate the importance of this first point. After all, gutters look like a simple piece of work, right? In truth, they are, but that does not mere that there is not plenty of room for error when installing them. Even half an inch out of alignment can cause huge problems later down the line. If a trained professional did not install your gutter, it is probably worth your while to call one out now, to make sure everything is working as it should.

2. Regular gutter cleaning

Dirt, leaves, and other forms of debris build up in your gutters over time, without you even knowing it. If left unchecked, it can result in a clog around the mouth of the downpipe, which causes rainwater to back up and overflow the guttering. With regular cleaning – say, once or twice a year – it need never reach this stage as any potential blockages are removed before they get too big.

3. Deal with minor repairs as soon as you can

When you spot a slight leak in your guttering, be it from a hole or a gap in the guttering itself, it can be easy to put it off, especially if you have other things on your mind. As with most property damage, minor repair issues can become major ones before you know it, if left untreated. Jumping on these small repairs as you find them can save you larger and more expensive repair work in the future.

Get in touch

Of course, if you lack the knowledge, the confidence, or the materials to handle any of these steps – or if you simply don’t relish the idea of climbing a ladder to inspect your property – help is always at hand.

Any Surrey resident can get in touch with A.P. Benson Roofing and Building Ltd today on 01483 760 444. A member of our team will be happy to arrange for one of our guttering experts to pop round for a quick appraisal and to tell you what work needs doing.

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