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It’s more than a gutter cleaning – Cary, NC

Gutter Cleaning Cary NC

Fall is here and the leaves are just beginning to turn.  Pretty soon they will start falling and we will transition from roof cleaning to gutter cleaning.  The Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest areas provide a large gutter cleaning base for us and we stay pretty busy through the winter months.

Roof Refresh has cleaned thousands of gutters over the years and we provide a level of service above and beyond what a lot of other gutter cleaning companies offer.  You see, it’s not just about cleaning out the gutters.

Gutter cleaning is one of the most overlooked and ignored facets of home maintenance.   It is truly one of those “pay now or pay later” situations.  I want to point out some of the reasons to get your gutters cleaned regularly and what to look for in a gutter cleaning company.

 

Your gutter system is designed to get the water off the roof and down to the ground, away from your foundation.  Gutters literally channel thousands of gallons of water away from your home during rainstorms, which helps keep your crawl space and basement dry and your foundation solid.

Water is the great destroyer!  It weighs about eight pounds per gallon.  Depending on the size of your gutters, can you imagine how many gallons are held in a clogged, overflowing gutter?

 

We are the gutter cleaning service for Cary NC

The picture above is from a clogged gutter in Cary, NC.   In order to sustain the plant life, there has to be moisture.  It had actually been two or three years since these had been cleaned and the leaves at the bottom of the gutter had begun to compost back to dirt.  That dirt turned into  a nice mud, which enabled these little trees to take root and grow.

The same thing happened here.  This is a home we were cleaning the gutters on in Raleigh, NC.

Eventually the weight of all the debris in the gutters will cause the gutters to start to pull away from the fascia board that holds it up.  This causes several problems.  Take a look at this picture below.  These gutters were in bad shape.

You can see that the gutters have pulled away from the home and there is about an inch of leaves in between the back of the gutters and the fascia board that is holding them up.

So, all the water coming off the roof was going behind the gutters and ended up rotting the wood.  The rotten wood could longer suport the weight of the gutters and would not accept new nails and, or screws to refasten the gutters.

The gutters would have to be removed and all new fascia installed so that the gutters could be rehung correctly.  What would have been a simple $85 or $95 gutter cleaning, turned into a more expensive reapair job.  Hence, the saying “pay now or pay later”.

Ask about our  annual gutter maintenance contracts for  Cary NC

When choosing a gutter cleaning contractor, you should definitely shop around and do not be afraid to ask questions.  You want to choose a professional gutter cleaning company and not just a guy who is looking to make beer money.

Some questions to ask: Are they insured? Do they clean up after themselves? Do they check the roof for any oddities while they are up there?  Do they clean out the roof valleys and odd nooks and crannies on your roof?  Check out the picture below:

This was a roof cleaning we did where the customer had hired someone else to clean the gutters.  The gutters were clean but as you can see, they only cleaned the gutters.

Roof Refresh can answer yes to all of the questions above.  We have a lot of regular customers and many customers who have maintenance contracts with us.  They sign up, tell us how many times a year to do it and it is one less thing they have to worry about.  We show up, clean the gutters and if they are not home, we leave an invoice in the mailbox.

Give us a call for a free gutter cleaning quote.  We clean gutters in Raleigh, Cary Wake Forest, Apex and surrounding Wake County.

 

Gutters are better than gardens

Gutter Cleaning Cary NC Here is a gutter cleaning in Cary NC that we recently performed.  This house was vacant so it had been awhile since the gutters were cleaned.  I circled some of the bigger plants growing in the gutter. Clogged gutters can create problems with the natural drainage of water away from your… Continue Reading

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