Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Importance of Gutter and Downspout Maintenance

Unless you spend a lot of time on the roof of your building, you probably aren't too sure about the condition of your gutters! While gutter and downspout maintenance may not be at the top of your priority list, properly maintaining the gutters and downspouts on your commercial building can make all the difference in protecting it from damage over time. A complete gutter and downspout cleaning only takes about an hour, so there's no reason to wait until serious repairs are required!

Here are a few reasons why gutter and downspout maintenance are so important to the safety of your commercial building.

Water Damage: Gutters and downspouts work together to guide rain that collects on the roof of your building down to the ground. When gutters and downspouts aren't properly maintained, they aren't able to do their job as efficiently as they normally would. When water begins to accumulate, it can begin to leak into your building, causing serious water damage to walls and flooring.

Pest Problems: Clogged gutters make for the perfect environment for many different types of pests, such as ants, cockroaches, and mosquitoes. Once pests have made your gutters their home, it's only a matter of time before they work their way into your building. Regular gutter and downspout maintenance will ensure that these kinds of pests aren’t able to get too comfortable on your roof!

Fire Hazard: It's no secret that as leaves begin to fall off of trees a few are bound to land in your gutters! Not only can leaves clog your gutters, but they can also be a serious fire hazard. Wind can carry sparks or embers from nearby buildings or vehicles. The fire can then spread to the roof and siding of your building.

A Preventative Measure: Regularly scheduling gutter and downspout maintenance can help to prolong the life and effectiveness of your gutters and downspouts. Having a professional come take a look at your roof and gutters once a year can help to detect small repair problems before they become major issues down the road, saving you time and money in the long run.

It's easy to understand the importance of gutter and downspout maintenance for your building. Is it time to schedule commercial roofing maintenance for your business in central New Jersey? If so, contact Matrix Roofing today!