Debris buildup is the number one threat to gutter functionality. Many homeowners zero in on tree leaves without considering other potential causes of clogging. When you clean your uncovered gutters and downspouts, you’d be surprised at the unthinkable things you might find in them.
In addition to leaves, pine needles, twigs, flowers and seeds, here are some other materials that could invade your gutters:
Silt and Mud
Layers of dirt, soil, and small rocks could accumulate at the bottom of your seamless or heated gutters. Carried by wind, these particles are so microscopic they can infiltrate even the narrowest slits gutter protection systems have. When silt meets moisture, the result is mud. The gunk will block your gutters, while also adding unnecessary weight for your gutters to bear.
Unchecked silt sets the stage for weed growth. Before you know it, your gutter system could turn into an unwieldy garden.
Without installing Gutter Helmet, your gutters could provide shelter for wildlife. Birds can build a nest, while other critters, like rodents, might populate them because they provide an entry point to your home. The presence of animals in your gutters is bad enough, but some of them love to gnaw on building materials too. Covering your gutter system is the most effective way to evict these unwanted guests.
Did you notice that your children’s toys are disappearing one by one? There’s a good chance that they’re stuck in the gutter. When there’s already debris buildup, balls could get stranded there for a long time.
Turn to Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY for high-quality replacement gutters and innovative protection systems. We’re committed to reducing the chances of clogging significantly to ensure good drainage and minimize roof maintenance. Call us at (866) 252-9400 now to schedule your in-home consultation and get a free estimate.