Gutter cleaning is one of those annoying obligations that always gets overlooked. Despite being an important part of your home’s roofing system, most people are surprised to hear when their gutters are causing the damage to their roof and cladding. Are you the type of homeowner that;

  • Has the professionals clean and flush your gutters yearly?

  • Uses a DIY approach to gutter cleaning once a year? Or..

  • Does nothing about it and hopes for the best?

 

This roof in Balmoral needed all gutters hand scooped of dirt, grass and moss

The easiest and most effective way to stay on top of essential gutter cleaning is to have a maintenance package that includes a yearly clean and flush. If you prefer to try it yourself remember your gutters need to be cleaned at least once a year, and twice a year for homes near tall trees to ensure there is no chance of a blockage. Especially If you collect your own drinking water or have internal gutters you must always prioritise regular maintenance. This is absolutely essential to keep your family safe and protect your assets from water damage.

 

For those of you who have the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude, we have some bad news for you. Blocked gutters are one of the leading causes of roof damage and leaks! For example, we had a customer recently who was shocked to find water streaming from her light fittings every time it rained. After repairing the concrete and butanol roofs one leak still persisted. We discovered that whenever there was a storm, the wind would blow water from an overflowing box gutter to behind the fascia. We then removed all debris and cleaned and flushed the gutters to prevent the leak from occurring

 

Damage can come in the form of rusted roof sheets, a leaking ceiling or soffit, sagging gutters, mould, and even warped and stained wall cladding. The cladding has not been designed to withstand a constant waterfall thus being exposed to excessive moisture can cause expensive and unnecessary damage. Usually this is caused by debris buildups (leaves, old roof material, frisbees) blocking the water flow. However a poor gutter design will need to be rectified by a professional or else the problem will persist indefinitely! You especially want to avoid your gutters holding pooling water, which can attract vermin and other nasties.

 

Moisture damage and mould can result from a gutter left untreated.

What can I do if I want to prevent roof and gutter damage but am short on time?

Many of our customers are now opting for the stress-free approach to their gutters and are signing up for an annual/bi-annual gutter maintenance package. At Rimu Roofing we have affordable options and addons such as an initial waterblast and moss treatment to your gutters, cladding or paths. Get us to check out your gutter health with a no obligation inspection!