Your home's roof is important; there's no doubt about that. But so many homeowners tend to overlook the importance of not just the roof itself, but the gutter system on which it depends. Without a sound gutter and downspout system, your home would not have proper drainage--and your roof would be in trouble. As a homeowner, then, there are some basic maintenance dos and don'ts you should know and follow when it comes to your gutter and downspout system.
DO Clean Gutters Out Seasonally
First of all, your gutters aren't gonna clean themselves; that's up to you (or your local roofing company, if you'd rather have it done by a professional). Either way, your gutters should be cleaned out at least annually, if not more. For instance, if you live in an area where there are many large trees looming over your home, it's probably best to have gutters cleaned more frequently, as they're more prone to debris build-up.
DON'T Let Downspouts Drain Close to the Home
Your roof's downspouts are responsible for carrying water and debris from your gutters and safely away from your home's foundation. Every so often, check to ensure that your downspouts are effectively draining at least several feet away from your home. If they become clogged or even dislodged, you could end up with rainwater pouring directly toward your home's foundation, which is a recipe for disaster.
DO Invest in Quality Aluminum Gutters
Some homeowners think they can save themselves some money by opting for less expensive plastic gutters for their homes. However, while doing so may save you money in the short-term, they'll likely cost you in the long run because you'll have to replace them a lot sooner when they crack and break. Generally, aluminum is the ideal choice of material for gutters because even though it costs more up-front, it's much more durable and resistant to rust and corrosion.
DON'T Skip Out on Annual Inspections
Finally, don't forget to have your roof and its gutter system professionally inspected at least once a year--and any time after a severe storm tears through your area. By doing so, you can make sure that not only your roof is leak-free and in good shape, but that your gutters and downspouts are working properly as well. Regular inspections will cost you a small amount of money, but will save you a great deal more as the years pass. For more information, contact a professional like Tingley's Seamless Spouting.