How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

To avoid damage to your home’s gutters, roof and foundation, you should clean your home’s gutters frequently. Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb. The surrounding environment of your house is what will determine the needed frequency.  For some houses with few or no tall trees within a couple hundred feet, gutter cleaning might be able to be done only every two or three years.  There are, however, many homes that would benefit from more regular gutter cleanings, including those with tree coverage or aging shingles, as well as after severe weather.  Some homes in heavily wooded locations can easily require gutter cleaning several times a year.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gutter Cleaning

No matter the topic, there are always some common questions regarding it. Following are answers to some of the most frequent questions asked about gutter cleaning: When is the Best Time to Perform Gutter Cleaning? There are two schools of thought; before the predominant leaf and needle fall for your area or immediately afterwards. Which works for your house has as much as to do with past practices as it does the composition of the debris and environment surrounding your home. If leaf fall is very little but it has been years since last cleaned and your gutters are already overflowing before the primary debris fall has even started, you might want to consider cleaning prior to the fall so that they have capacity for new debris.   However, if your yearly debris fall is high and a single season fills up the full capacity of the gutters, then it is best to wait for the entire debris drop before cleaning.

Do Gutter Screens & Filters Work?

Wondering whether gutter screens, filters and covers actually work is a common question for anyone who regularly cleans or hires someone to clean their gutters.  The ultimate best answer to this question will depend on the asker’s expectations and perception of what a gutter protection system should accomplish.  To fully answer the question and show the reasons why different expectations might result in different answers, we will first do a quick review of the various types of gutter protection (screens, filters and covers.) Roll mesh screen

Clean Gutters Prevent Roof Leaks

 Normally we might consider gutters clogs as only affecting the exterior of the house. Damage to foundations and landscapes are prime victims of gutter issues. However, gutter clogs can allow water to accumulate and back up in areas not intending to have excess water.  This can result in leaks through exterior walls if not periodically addressed.

Best Rated Gutter Protection System Now Available From All Surface

All Surface is pleased to announce that we are now Portland Metro installers for Gutterglove gutter protection system.   How did we come about this decision? In everything we do, we pursue the best training, the best methods, the best materials and the best products.   We have been offering another excellent gutter guard system over the years and will continue to do so.   However, as the saying goes, “when the best arrived, the good became the enemy of the best!”   Gutterglove is simply the best gutter guard available.

Properly Repairing a Gutter Leak or Downspout Leak

When water is shooting out of your gutter or downspout, it can be a little confusing, especially if you just had them cleaned.  A gutter leak or downspout leak can cause significant foundation or basement damage.  There are a few issues that could be the cause of water spilling out of the gutter and possibly running down your siding.   Many homes don’t have or need replacement of the drip flashing from the roof down into the gutter.   Occasionally, there might be a hole on the backside of the gutter that is allowing the water to exit prematurely. Other times, it might be an issue within the connection between the gutter and downspout.    Regardless of the problem, we will be happy to stop by, take a look at your gutter leak or downspout leak, and let you know what we think the issue is.   Give us a call today.

Improper Downspout Drains Are as Bad As Overflowing Gutters

Overflowing Gutters in Portland are a common problem.   Hopefully you are aware of the damage that they can cause.   Quick attention from a Portland gutter cleaning professional will help eliminate any potential repercussions and keep you off your ladder! However, the potential damage caused by overflowing gutters is not always averted with just a gutter cleaning.

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