Guttering Glasgow from West End Roofing cover all types of guttering repairs & replacement in Glasgow & surrounding areas – types include moulded cast iron, aluminium, and lead gutters our service also includes rainwater drainage clearing & gutter cleaning. We also offer a free survey and quotation for Guttering Glasgow. Contact West End Roofing Glasgow for your free no obligation quote.
Guttering is used on properties to direct unwanted rainwater from your roof. Over time gutters can gather dry leaves, collect moss, develop mould or dislodged slates can become trapped. If too much unwanted materials gather in the gutter, it will reduce the drainage of water. This will cause iron gutters to rust or break away. Additionally, in the winter months if water does not drain from the gutter it can lead to ice damage. Ice damage may force you to replace the gutter. Nesting birds, some insects or wasps may decide to build nests among the debris trapped in the gutter leading to additional problems.
A gutter that is blocked with debris will not function correctly. The accumulation of dry leaves and debris will prevent water from flowing down the gutter into the down pipes. Meaning, excess rainwater will overspill out of the sides of the gutter onto the exterior walls of your property. This over time will require expensive repairs and painting to restore the appearance of your property. Additionally, a blocked gutter can lead to a rusted gutter that will require replacement. The water trapped in the gutter can freeze in winter and weigh down the gutter. Freezing will cause damage to the gutter and the roof. In extreme cases, we have seen gutters become so heavy with ice they have broken away from their fixings. All of these issues can be avoided by ensuring that the gutters are cleaned regularly.
As with other home maintenance tasks, the timing of cleaning the gutters can help prolong its life and minimise damage. Gutters should be cleaned twice a year, at the beginning of autumn and at the beginning of spring. If you clean the gutters at the beginning of autumn, the leaves will still be dry and easier to remove. Additionally, when precipitation occurs, rainwater will flow freely through the gutter and into the down pipe ensuring little or no damage to the gutter. Also, because there is no debris entering the down pipe, this will avoid clogging, making it easier to clean it out. Cleaning the gutters in early spring will again prepare it for directing rainwater away and even offers an opportunity to view any potential roof damage caused by winter storms.
Even as you clean the gutter, you should examine their condition. If the gutter is coming loose, it can be re-fixed to the suffits of your property. However, if the cyclical wear and tear of the accumulated debris and water has caused rusting and major damage, you should consider replacing your gutter. Older gutters made of iron are prone to rusting and should be replaced with aluminium or other gutters that are rust proof. This will not only make it easier to clean the gutter later on, but enhance the exterior appearance of your home.
Maintaining a well kept property involves more than just taking care of the interior areas of your home. External portions of the property have to be maintained in order to ensure that the roof over your head offers the security it should. Periodical cleaning of the roof and gutters, and inspection of these hard to reach areas for damage will ensure that your home continues to offer shelter and security to your family for years to come.
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