Having algae or moss on your roof is not only unattractive, but it can shorten the lifespan of your shingles and tiles. These living organisms feed off the limestone found in these materials, deteriorating them and allowing moisture to pass through into the frame. The longer you let it stay moldy, the more damage your house will suffer.
And did you know that insurance company can cancel your policy over a dirty roof? It’s becoming a common practice for insurance companies to visually examine homes with a drive-by inspection any given day. Even if the roof isn’t leaking, they know the damage that excessive dirt can cause down the road and they don’t want to be liable for something that can be prevented.
Your gutters are part of a system that helps channel water away from the house, depositing it in an area that can absorb it. But when the water isn’t able to run cleanly through gutters, it can cause many issues.
The most apparent issue with gutters filled with leaves, twigs, and other debris is merely a weight problem. Debris absorbs water like a sponge and becomes extremely heavy, putting stress on the hanging brackets to the point that it pulls the gutters off the house.
A broken or clogged gutter can result in backed up, stagnant water that can attract unwanted animals and insects like mosquitos. Water drips down the side of the house which can lead to moldy walls, damaged paint and rotting roofs, siding and window sills. The water eventually makes it’s way into the foundation creating troublesome basements and even severe structural problems.
To prevent water damage, keep pests at bay and maintain the value and beauty of your home, make sure to schedule your gutter cleaning in the spring and fall each year. You can even set a maintenance program with us for a worry-free sparkly house.