Gutter Cleaning in Portland and Beaverton | JS Roofing

Portland and Beaverton Gutter Cleaning Service

Gutter Cleaning Portland Oregon

1. Why do I need gutters?

Gutters play an important role in your home’s roofing system. It drains hundreds of gallons of water off the roof and takes it away from the structure. An excellent gutter system prevents water from getting inside your home and prevents damage in the structure’s foundation. As gutters catch rain right off your roof, they also prevent soil erosion and wear to your home’s fascia board, siding, shingles, and windows. With an efficient gutter system, you can extend the life of the mentioned parts and your property. In other words, well maintained and properly functioning gutters protect the interior and exterior parts of your home.

2. What activities are involved in gutter cleaning?

Gutter cleaning and free evaluation involve the following activities:

  •   Cleaning all dirt and debris from gutters, downspouts, and other accessible roof areas

  •   Declogging downspouts

  •   Removing gutter-related debris from the ground

  •   Assessing the gutter system and record its condition; identifying problem areas and providing necessary advice for corrective action.

3. How often should I clean my home’s gutters?

Gutter cleaning is a preventive maintenance to extend the life of your property. Any Portland gutter cleaning provider would tell you that it should be cleaned as often as needed. In most cases, customers have their gutter and roofing system cleaned 3-4 times per year. For some houses, less frequent cleaning could be enough, depending on the type of property, its gutter system, and landscape (e.g. trees with blossoms, pollen strings, leaves, pine needles, sticks, seeds, acorns, and other debris, tree height, and proximity to the property).

Below is our recommended annual gutter cleaning schedule. Please note that your house may require more frequent service and that changes to timing are made each year because of the varying weather pattern.

  1. Late spring (late May through end of June): : to get rid of accumulated winter debris in your gutters. This cleaning service includes tender tree foliage blown off the nearby trees along with blossoms and pollen strings. These can clog your gutters and make a breeding ground for mosquito larva.

  2. Mid to late summer (August through mid-September): While most leaves are firmly attached to trees, some still fall and get into in your gutters. During this time, thunderstorms, drought, and strong winds contribute to large accumulations of leaves, sticks, and debris.

  3. Early fall (late October through mid-November): At this time of the year, leaves quickly accumulate in the gutters of your home. The sheer volume of these leaves is enough reason to clean your gutters.

  4. Late fall(late November through the end of January): when most leaves are off the trees. Gutter cleaning during this season is a balancing act of waiting for all the leaves to fall, but not waiting for the gutters to freeze with the leaves inside.

4. What will happen if I don’t want to clean my gutters that often? Is it harmful to let them fill up?

When gutters are clogged, water won’t drain properly. This can cause basement flooding and pools of standing water that mosquitoes can use as a breeding ground. In some cases, you may not realize the problem until a heavy rain or storm hits your area. In time, overflowing gutters can lead to structural damage to your home’s woodwork, shingles, walls, and foundation.

5. Does JS Roofing work in the rain or snow?

Yes, as long as our professional gutter technician believes it’s safe enough to do so. Sometimes, the rain helps us identify gutter system problems.

6. Do the gutter screens really work?

Not as advertised by aggressive dealers. We believe these screens only seem to work efficiently on properties that don’t need their gutters cleaned that often. We suggest you save your money and the inevitable future frustration these screens cause. It’s true that selling gutter screens is profitable. This is why every hardware store and home improvement catalogue carries some sort of device, promising you won’t have to clean the gutters again.

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS! The truth is we remove screens from gutters on hundreds of houses every year. No screen, mesh, or helmet will keep EVERYTHING out of your gutters. In fact, gutters with “gutter guards” still require cleaning at least once a year. This is because the leaves and debris that gather on the roof and on the screen’s top don’t automatically wash off with rain water. In addition, the cost is usually higher due to the needed extra work.

7. Do I have to be home when JS Roofing works at my house?

For most providers of gutter cleaning in Beaverton, it’s always best to be home when we come to service your gutters. This applies to gutter cleaning, repairs or a full installation. Note, however, that we are happy to accommodate busy homeowners who can’t wait at home for their gutter service. We can talk to you over the phone and make arrangements for what has to be done and for how much. JS roofing will come to your property and complete the project. If you’re not home, we will leave a tag on your door to let you know that we were there. We will mail you an invoice within a few days.

 

 

 

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