Your gutters play a key role in keeping your home in good working order. Their purpose is to carry rainwater away from the structure of your home and protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape from flooding, damp, and other problems caused by water. Despite gutters seeming fairly unremarkable, neglecting them can quickly lead to a homeowner’s nightmare. As professional and experienced roofers, we strongly advise that you keep a close eye on your gutters and look after them well, otherwise you could end up requiring gutter repair, or even gutter replacement.
For those who are unaware, it may be best to first understand why gutters are so important. You may be thinking that a pitches (slanted) roof surely means that rainwater simply slides right off the roof. In fact, because modern homes are designed to trap energy (to keep the house warm) they can also trap moisture. This means that you want to gather up all the rainwater and move it away from your house as quickly as possible. You don’t want the water to gather on window sills, doorways or around the ground otherwise it can be absorbed and cause leaks or damp to occur.
Your guttering system runs horizontally around the eave edges of your roof. They are open at the top to catch the rain that is dripping down from the roof and they direct it to downspouts which carry the water to your drainage system.
Naturally, gutters will catch more than just rain. From leaves and sticks to other debris that are dropped by birds or is blown in by the wind, gutters can get clogged up fairly easily, especially in the winter months. On top of that, animals such as birds, rats or bees can also decide to make their homes in gutters. So, it is extremely important that you have them checked regularly and cleaned out properly. The frequency of your gutter cleaning will depend largely on where you live. The surrounding land and the weather can affect how dirty and clogged up your gutters get. We recommend that you have your gutters cleaned in the spring and autumn.
Some people prefer to clean their gutters themselves or have friends or family do it. As long as the person cleaning your gutter has experience and carries out the work safely then there is no reason why it can’t be done yourself. Gutter repair, on the other hand, should always be carried out by a professional. As your gutters are an integral part of your home, having them in proper working order is essential and so only an experienced roofer should be charged with repairing them. At Fort Roofing Scotland, we have over 60 years of combined experience and have the necessary skills and knowledge to know if your gutters need to be repaired or replaced, and to carry out the work. If you would like a free inspection of your gutters you can get in touch with our team now by completing our contact form.
Our Team of fully qualified roofing experts have years of experience and knowledge in the roofing industry, whether its new roofs or re-roofing, why not depend on a team you can trust. We work in Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and beyond, so why not arrange a home visit from our team for your free no obligation quote! Our Team of fully qualified roofing experts have years of experience and knowledge in the roofing industry, whether its new roofs or re-roofing, why not depend on a team you can trust. We work in Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and beyond, so why not arrange a home visit from our team for your free no obligation quote!