Gutters are an integral part of your home’s well being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.
Water damage from blocked gutters can cause significant and costly damage to your home. If water enters the structure of your home, it can cause wooden posts and beams to rot, damage internal plastering, and even cause structural problems in the foundations.
There is a raft of reasons why it is in your best interests to keep your gutters clean.
The dirt and dust settle in the bottom of your gutter, causing your gutters to rust. Even colour bonded gutters will corrode at the joints. That is very important because the debris becomes very corrosive material.
In dry environments, the gutters have dry leaves. They become the catching point between the flying embers and your house in bush fires. It is quite commonly known that a lot of houses burn down simply because of the embers that fly from fires which might be a kilometre away or even more. So, keeping your gutters cleaned, particularly in fire-prone environments, is crucial.
If your property is in a high traffic area or close to a very high traffic road, the material that settles on your roof will be acid rain and it will be very corrosive. Most roofs and gutters near major highways will only last a decade at the most.
Regular gutter cleaning will also extend the life of your gutters and prevent them from rusting and leaking prematurely. It will save you money on home repairs in the long run.
How often do gutters need to be cleaned?
For most homes, we recommended that you clean your gutters between two and four times per year. The best gutter cleaning frequency for your home will depend on a number of factors, primarily the number of trees that are nearby.
If you have a few large trees near your roof, you will likely need to clean your gutters three or four times per year, especially if you have eucalyptus or pine trees which shed leaves year-round. If you only have one large tree, or trees that aren’t too close to your roof, you may only need to clean your gutters twice per year.
If there are no tall trees near your home, you may only need to clean your gutters once per year, but don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t need to clean your gutters at all.
We all know how unpredictable Melbourne’s weather can be, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that leaves, dirt and other debris can travel a long way in the wind.