Why Do I Need To Clean My Gutters?

Cleaning your gutters is part of the process of maintaining your home. If gutters go uncleaned they can cause serious damage to home in more ways then one. If your gutters are filled with debris water can back up and sit in gutters, ultimately causing a range of problems from mosquito infestation, mold, mildew & icedams to water damage of foundation, sides of home & rotting fascia boards.

How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

Gutters should be cleaned a minimum of once a year, however twice a year is ideal- preferable in the spring & in the fall. Each seasonal cleaning serves it’s purpose of removing twigs, branches, sludge, leaves,  plant seeds & all the debris the wind carries during that particular season. Spring gutter cleaning is focused on removing debris that has accumulated over the harsh New England winter months while Fall Gutter cleaning concentrates on removing leaves & debris to help prevent ice dams and other damage during the winter months. Gutters can be cleaned pretty much any time of year, however regular maintenance is suggested to pro-long the life of your gutters  & help prevent other issues that may arise with your home due to clogged gutters.

What are Aluminum K-Style Gutters & Why Are They Gutter Guys Gutter Of Choice?

K-style gutters refers to the form of the gutter. K-style gutters are  flat on the backside of the gutter & balance on the fascia board attached to the home. K-style gutters are also flat on the bottom & widen out at the top part of the gutter. K-style gutters are the most common type of gutter used in both commercial and residential homes so the cost associated with them is much lower then other types of gutters. We prefer aluminum for our gutter material because aluminum will not crack or become brittle in cold weather. In addition, aluminum gutters, are available in many sizes, they will not rust, they can be painted any color & have come with an extensive list of accessory options.

Gutter Terms

Fascia Board– a type of roof trim that is attached on the top of external walls of a home to construct a barrier between the edge of the roof and the exterior of the home.

Ice Dams– are caused when snow melts on the ridge of the roof, creating the snow & ice around it to move and accumulate in gutters. The melted snow & ice in the gutters can then back up under the singles and get into interior of the home.