The Cost of Neglect: Why Gutter Maintenance Is Essential for Your Home’s Value

by | Apr 17, 2023 | Gutters

Most gutter systems eventually fail or malfunction, especially as they reach 15 to 20 years of age. It’s important to keep track of your gutter’s status and conduct regular maintenance. After all, gutters are not only responsible for roof water management. They also impact your home’s curb appeal and overall market value. 

At Southwest Ohio Roof Defense (SWORD), we can ensure that your gutter system is always well-maintained.  Read on to know the consequences of gutter neglect, the benefits of gutter maintenance, some DIY tips, and why you should get a professional gutter maintenance service.

Consequences of Neglected Gutters

Several problems can occur if you neglect to maintain your home’s gutters.

Water Damage

Debris will accumulate on an unkept gutter. This will lead to clogs, sagging of the gutter system, and eventually water leaks. Once water penetrates your home’s ceiling and walls, it can wreak havoc on your home’s interior and the furniture and appliances inside. 

These leaks can lead to several expenses. The repair costs for a water-damaged roof alone can set you back around $400 to $1,750. These figures can go even higher if the roofing system has severely deteriorated.

Structural Issues

Flooding caused by clogged gutters can compromise your home’s structural integrity. Excessive water can seep through your house’s foundations, causing them to disintegrate. It can likewise flood your basement, soak your walls, and even lead to soil erosion.

Even other fixtures like doors and window frames can rot or rust when overexposed to leaks caused by impaired gutters.

Benefits of Regular Gutter Maintenance

Proper and regular gutter maintenance offers many advantages.

Water Damage Prevention

Water damage — especially when left unchecked — can lead to exorbitant repair costs. By regularly and thoroughly inspecting your gutters, a professional roofer can address any emerging issue early on. Debris can be removed and holes can be patched up. When materials that cause clogging are removed, pests are likewise disincentivized from building nests on your gutters.

Prolonged Roof Longevity

A high-quality roofing system can last anywhere between 25 to 50 years. However, a roof’s lifespan can be significantly shortened if you don’t take care of vital components like the gutters. Regular gutter maintenance and repair prevent water damage, sagging, and other roof-related problems from forming, improving overall roof longevity. This translates to fewer roofing expenses and more savings or budget for other home improvements.

Home Value Preservation

A home’s value depends on several factors, and one of them is curb appeal. An unclogged and clean gutter can make your house look more visually appealing, which helps preserve and even improve its market value. Hiring a professional to maintain your gutters also works like an investment. You’ll pay a small fee now but reap greater rewards in the long run, especially when you decide to rent out or sell your property.

DIY Gutter Maintenance Tips

Here are a few DIY maintenance tips if you want to maintain your roof gutters by yourself.

Clean Gutters Regularly

An easy yet important DIY tip is to clean your gutters regularly. First, get a sturdy ladder that has enough vertical height. Then, wear gloves to avoid getting injured by sharp debris. Carefully climb the ladder and take a garden hose with you. 

Once you reach the gutters, pull out the debris and other unwanted materials. After that, sluice the gutters with the hose until all obstructions are removed. You can also use a cleaning solution like Gutter Butter detergent to ensure that all gutter dirt and oxidation are removed. 

Remove Gutter Rust

Rust can form on metal gutters. These need to be immediately removed before they progress and make the gutter brittle. To remove small patches of rust, sandpaper will do. However, a wire brush may be needed if the rust is too deep or covers a large area.  

Once you remove the rust, put a rust-resisting primer on the affected area. Then, apply a sealant and smoothen the surface. Finally, coat the area with gloss paint from reputable brands like Davies or Behr. For best results, apply a second coating after the first one dries up.

Trim Nearby Trees

Branches and leaves are among the most common debris found in gutters. Make sure you occasionally trim nearby trees, so their leaves don’t land on your gutters. Depending on the kind of branch to be cut, you’ll either need a pair of hand shears, lopping shears, pruning saws, or pole pruners.

Once you climb a ladder and the branch is within reach, start cutting. There should be a six- to 10-foot gap between your gutter and the closest branch. This is enough distance to spare your gutter from any tree debris.

Hiring a Professional Gutter Maintenance Service

While DIY maintenance is an option, it’s still advisable to hire a professional gutter maintenance service provider. However, before you select one, look at their portfolio, references, and certifications. This will help you see how reputable they are. Here are some perks that a professional and reputable roofer can offer.

Industry Experience

Professional roofers like SWORD have long industry experience that allows them to accomplish roofing jobs efficiently and safely. They have roofers who can quickly spot gutter issues and apply the most effective solution. Moreover, unlike amateurs, they are less likely to fall or sustain any injury from going up your roof. 

Specialized Equipment

Professional roofers have access to special roof repair and maintenance equipment. For instance, SWORD’s roofers all have protective equipment. Moreover, we only use and install premium materials, ensuring that the gutter repair and improvements we give our clients are made to last. 

Contact Southwest Ohio Roof Defense Today

Gutters are an essential part of your rooting system. You should be mindful of the consequences and benefits associated with gutter negligence and maintenance. If you want a professional roofer who can take care of your gutters and help improve your home’s value, SWORD is the best choice. Contact us at (513) 298-9981 or visit our page to schedule a gutter maintenance service.

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