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Differences between gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance

It is easy to think “out of sight out of mind” when it comes to gutters, but the reality is, they are fundamental to the integrity of your commercial property. If your gutters are not regularly maintained and cleaned, the result can be costly repair work with the potential of a structure deemed unsafe for operation. Gutter maintenance and gutter cleaning are often confused for the same service. However, each has different purposes and different results.

For this reason, we have listed the key differences between gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance, to ensure that your gutters are receiving the regular servicing required to ultimately extend their lifespan.

Prevention

Ensuring gutters are regularly examined by a professional gutter maintenance service is imperative to their longevity. Regular inspections allow for necessary conservation of the gutter integrity, which reduces the risk of future repairs or replacements. Gutter maintenance is not prevention; it is the solution to a lack of gutter cleaning.

Quality

A regular gutter cleaning service can prevent long-term damage to your gutters. By ensuring the condition of gutters is regularly inspected, they can remain functional, often well beyond their life expectancy. The need for gutter maintenance occurs when the condition of gutters have reached a point when they require repairs, usually due to poor weather or lack of upkeep. This deterioration occurs over a period of neglection from non-regular gutter cleaning, and subsequently, hinders the property’s form.

Safety

Gutter cleaning, as well as maintenance, should always be carried out by a professional gutter service. Due to the height of commercial properties, specialist equipment and skills are required to access and inspect gutters. It is a huge health and safety risk to carry out gutter maintenance or cleanings yourself. Once a gutter reaches the point of requiring maintenance, the damage can’t be reversed. However, with regards to gutter cleaning, there are steps you can take in order to keep gutters cleaner for longer, and do not involve risk to yourself, including; raking up leaves to prevent foliage from getting lodged in gutters, test downspouts buy using a hose to see if they are blocked, and monitoring the weather, as the condition of your gutters are heavily determined by this factor.

Longevity

Gutter cleaning is a service that should occur bi-annually, particularly at the beginning of winter once the autumn leaves have fallen, and after winter when the weather is wet and windy. Maintaining a routine of cleanings from a professional gutter service reduces the risk of damage, whereas gutter maintenance is required when a gutter has already been damaged. Regular cleanings will extend the life of gutters and lessen the need for repairs or replacements in the long-term.

Price point

Bi-annual gutter cleanings are highly economical as they maintain the quality of the gutters through seasonal periods of poor weather. Without regular cleanings, foliage and water damage are allowed to build, impeding the structure’s integrity. If you choose to ignore the need for gutter cleanings, extensive gutter maintenance will likely be required. An emergency gutter cleaning callout is very costly. Therefore, it is best to operate preventatively through arranging regular gutter cleanings.

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