Most homeowners don’t pay much attention to the roofs or gutters on their homes unless they encounter a problem. If you are a homeowner, you should inspect your gutters and roof at least once a year to look for signs that they may need to be repaired or replaced. Following are some frequently asked questions about roofs and gutters that may provide some insight to homeowners on Long Island.
What are the benefits of having gutters installed on your home?
Gutters are installed for two important reasons; protection and prevention. They are designed to protect your home from water and prevent all of the damaging things that water can do to your home including erosion, mold and mildew growth, flooding, and damage to your siding. Gutters that are installed properly and work effectively can alleviate these problems which can cause severe damage and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
How should I clean the gutters on my home?
The easiest answer to most gutter problems is to clean your gutters on a regular basis. Most debris consists of small leaves and twigs that can be scooped out by hand or removed with a handheld leaf blower or wet/dry vacuum. Flushing the gutters with a garden hose can help to remove dirt and small particles and most clogged downspouts can also be flushed with a garden hose. For denser debris, you may want to invest in a gutter cleaning tool.
Do I need leaf guards on my gutters?
While quality gutters do a great job of protecting your home from water damage; dirt, leaves, twigs and debris can get into gutters and cause clogs. Gutter or leaf guards can prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris —saving you from what could be a dangerous household task. Properly installed leaf guards can lessen the amount of labor used to clean gutters and possibly prevent unnecessary falls
When is the best time to have my gutters inspected and cleaned?
During early spring, after the harsh winter weather has ended, it is a smart idea to have your gutters inspected, cleaned and repaired if necessary. A durable, clean and effective gutter system can protect your home from the damaging effects of water.
What are some signs that I may need to replace my roof?
Cracked, curling or missing shingles can be a sign of wind and water damage. If you find granules in your gutters, this may indicate that the protective covering of your roof is wearing off. Rust and water damage are also signs of a deteriorating roof. You should regularly inspect your roof for signs of age or failure, especially after heavy weather and also have a roofing professional provide a detailed roof inspection.
Why are the shingles on my roof curling?
Roof shingles can curl and the edges will turn upward or the edges can stay flat and the middle may start to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that problems and potential leaks may soon occur.
How long do roof shingles last?
Asphalt shingles should last between twenty and thirty years. Fiber and cement roofs may last about twenty five years and cedar shakes can last up to thirty years. Severe weather however, can damage a roof of any age.
Can water damage a roof?
Yes, over time water can damage a roof and your home. Look for rusted or damaged flashing around the chimney, vents and any skylights. Any rust, dents or tears could allow water to seep into the house. Also you should check for mold, fungus or green moss. Wood shakes are especially vulnerable in wet climates because they absorb water over time and can begin to split. You should also inspect your roof from the inside. Bring a flashlight into the attic and inspect for any leaks, water spots or water damage.
If you are interested in a new roof or quality gutters for your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years. They can help you choose the best gutter system for your home. Whether you need new gutter installation, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.