May 27, 2021

7 reasons to have your gutters cleaned by a professional

Seven Reasons You Should Hire a Professional to Clean Your Gutters

As we gear up for a wet winter many of us will have had to deal with the unpleasant task of cleaning our gutters, but it doesn't have to be a miserable experience. Hiring a professional can make your life easier.

And if you live in Melbourne, you've likely seen a lot of rain lately. And with that rain comes an increased risk of leaks and potential water ingress and damage to your home. 

One way to mitigate this risk is by hiring a professional gutter cleaner like Herrick Roofing to clean your gutters regularly so they don't become clogged.

Hiring a professional to clean your gutters can save you from the hassle of climbing up on a ladder, or worse yet, having someone else do it. 

Not only is it dangerous for homeowners to climb on ladders themselves, but they also run the risk of injury when installing gutter guards and doing other jobs around their home that require them to get up high. 

There are many reasons why hiring a professional is beneficial, so we’ve compiled seven of the most important ones!

Gutters are an important part of your roof. They make sure the water from rain doesn't get inside your house, and that it flows away harmlessly.

A lot of homeowners don't realize that gutters also collect leaves, twigs, and dirt which can clog them or even cause damage to the roofing structure.

Gutter guards are an excellent way to keep your gutters clear of debris, but they can only do so much. If you don't clean out the leaves and other buildup that gets stuck in them, it will eventually get too heavy for the guards to handle.

That's where we come in! We offer gutter cleaning services 7 days a week at competitive prices with no hidden fees or contracts – just honest work.

There are many reasons why hiring a professional is beneficial, so we’ve compiled seven of the most important ones!

Reason #1: It's safer for you!

Benefit of Having Professionals Do the Job: This way, there are no worries about injuring yourself while on your ladder. 

Cleaning gutters involves climbing a ladder onto your roof and there is some risk involved in doing that. Without proper equipment and training, a fall from a ladder can be a costly , or even fatal, accident.

So it makes a lot of sense to hire a professional to clean your gutters - saving you the hassle of climbing up on a ladder, or worse yet, having another loved one do it. 

Reason #2: It's more cost effective!

A professional will charge an average hourly rate and you can rely on them to finish the job in one day, which is less than if you do the job yourself. 

This might surprise you, but it is true. Hiring a business to clean your gutter could turn out to be less expensive. 

How is that possible? 

Well, for instance, if you choose to do it by yourself, you’ll have to purchase different tools and equipment such as a scoop, a firm ladder, a tarp, and safety equipment such as a helmet and gloves, which can get quite costly.

But, if you hire a specialist such as the team at Herrick Roofing, they will already have all of those things, which implies that you’ll only be paying for their services. 

Reason #3: You'll sleep better!

Nobody likes having gutters dangling in front of their bedroom window, and it's not just an aesthetic issue. If you don't clean your gutters regularly, you may be putting your house at risk.

When you’ve hired the right company, with the locally trained technicians, equipment and experience to do the job right, the first time like Herrick Roofing, it gives you peace of mind as a homeowner that you are taking care of your most important investment: your family living happily in your properly maintained home without any worries about a leaky roof.

Reason #4: Extend the Lifespan of Your Gutters and Roofing System 

Clogged gutters trap moisture and debris. They are unable to route away from water effectively. 

If your roof has clogged gutters, they are under too much stress. 

Before things get out of hand and your roofing system or gutters buckle under the extra weight, have your gutters cleaned by  our professionals.

Blocked or Broken Gutter

If your gutters are not cleaned, they will become clogged with leaves and other debris that can lead to roof leaks or storm damage.

The professional gutter cleaners in Melbourne know how important it is to clean your rain gutters before the rainy winter season starts so you don’t have any water entry problems as well.

Reason #5: Hygiene and Comfort

An unclean gutter can turn into a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other microbes in no time. Clogged gutters are also a happy hunting ground for pests such as rats, mice, spiders and termites.

A gutter cleaning professional will thoroughly clean your gutters and take various steps to prevent the growth of mildew and mould. The expert will remove twigs and leaves to discourage pests from making nests.

If you are interested in hiring a professional to clean your gutters, contact the Melbourne gutter cleaning professionals today for an estimate and quote on their services.

Reason #6: Storm Damage Protection

Gutters are your first line of defence against water damage to your home and play a vital role in your roof system. 

Gutters can trap all sorts of bits and pieces, from leaves to tree bark chips, that are capable of causing a lot of damage if allowed to stay in place for an extended period of time. 

Regular gutter cleaning services will ensure you’re always covered against these risks by keeping your gutters

Clean gutters carry away the water landing on your roof when it rains, sometimes thousands of gallons in a large storm. 

All of this water has to be moved away from your roof, home and foundation as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to prevent what could be thousands of dollars of damage. 

A clogged or dirty rain gutter can  cause the water to back up and overflow, running down your roof. 

This can lead to structural damage or flooding in surrounding areas of your home.

Clogged gutters are also a fire hazard as they allow leaves and debris to accumulate near the foundation of your house where it is more likely for an ember from a chimney (or nearby bush fire) to land.

The best way to protect your home from these dangers is by hiring a professional clean out and inspection service for gutters, like our company at Herrick Roofing. 

We have the expertise and equipment necessary to get the job done quickly and efficiently without any worries about damaging or flooding surrounding areas of your house when they're done.

Reason #7: Increases the Value and Curb Appeal of Your Home

Finally, professionally cleaning your gutters increases the value of your home, enhances its curb appeal, and improves the property aesthetics. 

Neglected gutters are an eyesore and decrease the value of your home; depending on their condition, they may break-free from your eaves or  fascia boards.

Cleaning gutters from time-to-time is important for maintaining their condition, preventing water damage or mold growth inside your home, and protecting the structural integrity of your property

So there you have it. Seven reasons why it can make sense to hire a professional to look after the cleaning of the gutters on your roof.

Plus it saves you time! 

With busy schedules, few of us have hours to devote to this time-consuming chore, especially if you don’t have the proper equipment. 

The time you save in having a specialist clean your gutters can be spent enjoying time with your family and friends, doing more productive tasks around the house or even working a second job.

So how much would it cost you to have someone do this for you?

Gutter Cleaning Prices

One story homes with 150 feet of gutters will typically run between $125 and $200 depending on how long it has been since your last cleaning, hard to reach gutters, and any major obstructions or gutter guards that have to be removed and replaced after cleaning. 

The average gutter cleaning price for a two story home with 200 feet of gutters is between $225 and $275.

We hope this blog post has been informative for you about why hiring an expert is better than doing the work on your own! 

There are so many other things that need your attention--why spend precious hours on something as mundane as cleaning gutters? 

But if you are a DIY enthusiast and love to tackle projects such as cleaning your gutters and downspouts, then this video from Bunnings is just for you! It outlines all the steps that need to be taken with your own tools so it's easy as pie.

If that sounds like too much work and you want someone to make your life more manageable while also saving you countless headaches in the future, then give us a call.

With over 3 years of experience in Melbourne's roofing industry, we can help you find the best service for your budget and needs. Call today!

Our roof repair specialists provide high quality, professional and cost-effective services.

If you have any questions about roof repairs, or would like advice on how to maintain your roof, feel free to call Nick on 0422 903 522 or click here to send a message and I will be more than happy to help.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to hire an expert to clear your gutters or to check out your roof, click the button below to request a free roof inspection.

Let us help make your life more manageable while also saving you countless headaches in the future. 

Contact us today and we'll happily provide a free quote for our services.

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About the Author

Nick Herrick is the owner of Herrick's Roofing a respected roofing contractor who services residential home owners in Croydon and Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs. Nick and his team can handle all issues with your roof.

Nick Herrick

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