If someone were to conduct a survey of homeowners, seeking to gain some insight into their questions, one question would almost certainly escape from their lips: How often should I clean my gutters? The climate of the region in which a given home has been built plays a large part in determining the ideal time for a gutter-cleaning operation.
Suggested schedule for average homeowner:
A roofing contractor in San Jose knows that a typical homeowner should clean the gutters once or twice each year. If the home’s roof were protecting the family from heavy rainfall on a repeated and regular basis, then the frequency of any gutter-cleaning operation would need to be increased.
If trees surrounded the family’s residence, then the frequency for any gutter-cleaning operation or any roof inspection should reflect that fact. In other words, both types of projects would need to be carried out on at least a quarterly basis. The nature of seasonal temperatures ought to be considered, as well, when setting-up a schedule for a cleaning of the gutters or an inspection of the roofing.
–Both operations ought to take place more frequently than once or twice a year, if the temperatures of the air drop below freezing during the winter months.
–The approach taken to either operation should also reflect the nature of the seasonal temperatures. A few details on that approach can be found in the last section of this article.
Challenges that could push a homeowner to request the services of a professional roofer
Some sections of the roofing, or parts of the gutter system are in an especially high or hard-to-reach location. The system designed to carry off the rainwater has degraded in areas, and has developed leaks. The same system is more than 30 years old.
Advice on approach to use, if not hiring professional to clean gutters
Do not step on the roofing, especially if it has been exposed to freezing temperatures. Exposure of shingles to super-cold air causes them to become brittle. In other words, that exposure increases the chances for breaking or cracking, if any shingle were to suffer the pressure created by a human foot.
Do not step on the roof, especially if it has suffered the anticipated effects of some exceedingly high summer temperatures. While extreme heat would not cause shingles to break, the presence of hot air could affect a shingle that contained asphalt.
When exposed to especially high temperatures, asphalt tends to soften. Once that softening has occurred, the altered shingle becomes more apt to show the effects of pressure. In other words, it could not be counted on to maintain its shape, if it were to fall under the pressure created by some homeowner’s foot.