Having trees around your home makes for a lovelier and more relaxing outdoor space. But they can be somewhat of a problem during fall, when they start shedding their leaves. That’s because most of them can end up inside your gutters, creating blockages that hamper the system’s draining performance. But there are also cases where gutters can become clogged even when there are no tree branches hanging over them. If you take the time to check the system, you may find sludge, slime or silt accumulating inside. But from where exactly do they come?
Regular roof cleaning is an integral part of home maintenance. By keeping the roof clean and clear of any debris, you can eliminate the potential for algae growth, which wears down the asphalt shingles and leaves unsightly stains on the roof surface. If you’re not proactive about roof cleaning, the roof system itself is not the only component that gets affected — the gutters do, too. During a downpour, the slime from roof algae gets mixed in with the rainwater flowing down into your gutters. It’s not always drained away with the runoff. Most of the time, the slime gets stuck inside the gutter system, increasing the risk of congestion.
See that greenish brown goo inside your gutters? That’s sludge, and it can become a major issue when overlooked. Sludge occurs when fine organic material and other loose debris build up inside the gutters. These can range from pine needles, bird droppings and algae, to partially decomposed leaves, moss and broken pieces of roof material. Sludge is almost impossible to drain away because of its gooey mass, which makes it easier for larger debris to get stuck inside the gutters. There are a few simple ways to keep gutter sludge in check, but they’re not something you should DIY. Instead, consult a premier seamless gutters company like Barry Best Seamless Gutters for professional solutions.
Here’s another thing you should be watching out for: gutter silt. It refers to small particles (sized like clay or sand) that are carried by water or air. Silt can easily accumulate inside your gutters and downspouts. These particles are potentially corrosive, leaving your metal gutters susceptible to rust. And with enough time, the buildup can compromise the draining ability of the system. This leads to water backing up and flowing over the gutters. In some cases, the standing water resulting from the gutter clog can seep through the fascia board and leak into your home.
What You Can Do About This Problem
Gutter silt, sludge, and slime only become a huge issue if they’re overlooked. You can mitigate them, and even prevent them from building up in the first place, with the right considerations. For instance:
1. Be proactive about gutter inspection cleaning. The simplest way to avoid gutter congestion and damage is to keep tabs on the system. Try to have it inspected at least once a year, or following a major weather event. It also pays to schedule regular gutter cleaning from a trusted local company. This way, you’ll be able to keep your gutters clear of sludge and other clog-inducing materials. Most experts recommend setting up gutter cleanup throughout spring and fall, when pollen, leaves and other debris are more likely to collect inside the system.
While there’s nothing stopping you from DIY-ing the task, gutter cleaning is still best left to professionals for a number of reasons. The first is safety. Gutter cleaning can be a taxing and risky experience, especially for the untrained homeowner. You’ll be working from a great height, perched on a ladder for what could be hours. There’s no harm in taking a completely hands-free approach to gutter cleaning and just leaving the job to a pro. They’ll have all the necessary tools and items required for the task (and will know how to use them properly), along with the training and experience to perform the work safely and efficiently.
2. Invest in a high-quality gutter protection system. You’ll find that a gutter protection system (also called gutter guards or covers) is invaluable for keeping your gutters clean and free of sludge, slime and silt. It’s available in several different types, which include mesh screen, bottle brush, foam insert, and perforated metal. Each one can filter debris from your gutters and prevent blockages, but to varying degrees of efficiency. If you want something that’s truly effective, turn to Barry Best Seamless Gutters. We’re not just your go-to company for exceptional gutter installation; we are also the trusted source of high-quality gutter protection in Central New York.
We have exactly what you need: Gutter Helmet®. Unlike its basic counterparts, this option checks all the boxes in what an exceptional gutter protection system should be. Here are some of the features offered by our Gutter Helmet guards:
- Patented Nose-Forward Design
This unique feature allows rainwater to flow smoothly and reliably into your gutters. Everything else, such as leaves, pine needles, algae and other loose debris, are kept out, eliminating the potential for sludge and slime formation. With our Gutter Helmet covers in place, there will be less need for regular gutter cleaning, as they can keep the system clear and clog-free for longer.
- Durable Construction
Our Gutter Helmet protection system is made of tough but lightweight aluminum. Their sturdy design and construction increase their tensile strength, while their textured and ribbed surface promotes surface tension. Thanks to these features, Gutter Helmet can remain unfazed by even the heaviest rainfall and snow loads, and strongest winds. The same thing can’t be said about gutter covers made of mesh, bottle brush, or foam, which may require multiple replacements throughout the year.
- Heavy-Duty Mounting Brackets
You don’t have to worry about the harsh elements tearing Gutter Helmet covers off the roofline. They are attached to your roof using reinforced aluminum alloy brackets, ensuring they’ll remain firmly in place no matter what the weather throws at them.
- Triple Lifetime Warranty
When you invest and register your Gutter Helmet protection system, you’ll get access to transferable lifetime materials and a product performance warranty. This adds an extra layer of protection to your investment.
- High-Performance Finish
Our gutter protection system may be tough and effective, but this doesn’t mean it can’t make a huge and positive difference to the look of your home. Gutter Helmet guards come with patented PermaLife™ Finish, a high-performance paint that is impervious to chalking, fading and corrosion caused by saltwater or acid rain, allowing for a lovely and consistent color that lasts longer than a regular paint job. What’s more, PermaLife is available in a wide array of timeless colors, making it easier for you to match Gutter Helmet with your home’s overall look.
Gutter Maintenance Made Simpler
Dealing with gutter sludge, silt and slime becomes easy and stress-free when you turn to Barry Best Seamless Gutters. Homeowners in Madison County know that when it comes to high-quality gutter solutions, we’re the only name to call. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, carrying significant workers’ compensation and liability coverage for your greater protection. With workmanship backed by over 29 years of experience, we’ll make sure your gutter needs are met to your complete satisfaction. Delivering a positive and rewarding experience – that’s what we aim for and continue to achieve.