BHGRealEstate.com discusses the main functions of rain gutters and how crucial maintenance is for keeping them in perfect condition. The author also provides comprehensive ideas on how gutters should be maintained, including the best time of year that upkeep should be performed. Gutters come in a wide range of materials, each having their own set of qualities.
Gutter maintenance is imperative for homeowners in cities where the average rainfall is about twice as high as the national average—like Portland, Maine. In this city, gutters take on a lot of water and snow, making them susceptible to damage during winter and spring. Much of the rain that the gutters of Maine homes collect falls in December, and as the month closes in, homeowners should consider getting those gutters maintained.
According to BHGRealEstate.com, "the purpose of a gutter system is to help control the flow of rainwater from your roof to the ground to prevent rain damage to your exterior, ground erosion, and to protect your landscaping from being washed away. Gutters can also keep insects from your basement or crawlspaces" by preventing water from being displaced alongside the house instead of going directly to the catch basin.
Given these facts, it's only fair to give gutters their well-deserved care. "The best time to check your gutters for damage is during the spring and summer. Either wait for a rain shower and circle your home watching where the flow is correct versus where the flow is stopped up or diverted by leaves and debris, or simply spray water on your roof." With the finest gutters from companies like Renewal by Andersen, maintenance is just so easy to do.
"The choice of material is yours, depending on your needs, budget, and location. The more expensive material you choose, the more value gutters can add when putting your home on the market, according to rainmanraingutters.com. But whether you choose vinyl or copper, you will still reap the benefits of protecting your home and landscaping from the elements."
Having the right gutters in Portland, Maine installed will certainly help ease maintenance. In turn, regular maintenance will both save a home from water damage and prolong the life of the gutter system. In case gutter replacement is necessary, it helps to choose a product made of durable metal such as copper and aluminum.
(From: The Importance of Gutters, Better Homes and Gardens)