Seven ways to outsource the Christmas clean
This is an oldie, but the tips are still valid. The best part is, we get a mention!
Excerpt from Irish Times article 9 Dec 2017
These days you need to contact a qualified roofer to clean your gutters as public liability insurance hikes mean that a lot of small-time operators have left the business. A professional roofer will get the job done. Robert Lewis of Roofing Experts is a trained quantity surveyor who took over the family roofing business and says gutter cleaning should be done once a year, ideally in November, after the autumnal fall. Prices start from €40, front and back, for an average three-bed semi but will vary depending on height, accessibility and area, he says. Any leaking PVC gutters can be sealed using synthetic sealant.
The company can also give your roof and chimneys the once-over and provide a free quotation on any works needed. “Make sure your contractor is fully insured and ask to see a copy of his public liability insurance,” he advises. Also ask if he or she is a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and or of the Construction Industry Federation. Roofingexperts.ie
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Gutter Maintenance Year Round Guide Dublin Roofers
One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that gutters only need to be cleaned or looked at in the autumn. Because of this, our team of Dublin roofers have come up with this gutter maintenance guide that covers all the seasons of the year and explains what you should be doing during each to keep your gutters in tip top shape and prevent costly roof repairs and damage to your home.
Inspecting your gutters on a regular basis and doing any repairs necessary will lighten your work load and make the autumn leaf cleaning job a lot easier.
Dublin Roofers Recommended Gutter Maintenance for Spring
Our roofing experts recommend that during the spring months gutters should be checked to see if any damage was caused by harsh winter conditions. You should check your gutters for any cracks or sagging. It is also recommended that you check to see if rising water levels from any clogged gutters has seeped into your roof, fascia, or even your attic. If there is anything to repair make sure it is done straight away.
Dublin Roofers Recommended Gutter Maintenance for Summer
In summer months you can spend more time inspecting your gutters especially with the higher temperatures and hopefully lots of sunshine. During the summer our roofing experts recommend that you repair any damage to gutters and downpipes. Some of your gutter guards may have come loose during the winter or even with windy weather during the spring so you can take the time to reattached them or install new ones. It is also advisable to spend some time cleaning your gutters and removing any hardened sediment from the bottoms. You should also remove any dirt or debris and get them ready for the falling leaves in autumn.
Dublin Roofers Recommended Gutter Maintenance for Autumn
Autumn is the season for fallen leaves and plenty of wet weather. Our roofing experts recommend waiting until most of the leaves have fallen from the trees to do a thorough gutter cleaning. You should remove all the leaves from inside your gutters as well as all debris as this stops it from freezing and clogging up your gutters in winter. Frozen debris can cause cracks and blockages so do take the time to remove everything.
Dublin Roofers Recommended Gutter Maintenance for Winter
Winter is the season for rest hopefully. You can’t get up on your ladder or work in the cold and ice. You do need to keep an eye on things though and our roofing experts advise that you keep an eye out for ice hanging off your gutters as this can be a sign of heat escaping from your home. Do your research on how to remove ice quickly and safely and if you aren’t comfortable doing this, get in touch with our office where one of our expert roofing contractors can help you out.
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Top Tips for Year Round Gutter Repair and Cleaning
A lot of homeowners tend to take their gutters for granted. This isn’t wise, and our gutter repair and cleaning tips will help ensure you keep on top of things all year round. Gutters can save your home from destruction. They carry vast amounts of rain away from your house and proper gutter repair and maintenance is important, so they can continue doing their job.
Neglecting your gutters can lead to damage and costly repairs. To prevent this, our expert roofers have come up with their tips for year-round maintenance and gutter repairs you need to do.
Gutter Repair and Cleaning
Before you do anything with your gutters you need to know that you will be working at a height and therefore a ladder will be required. If this poses a problem for you, you can have someone come and do the work for you. The first thing everyone should do regularly is clean their gutters. Clogged gutters stop rain water from flowing away from your home and if not cleared you may find that water drips over the edges of your gutters. Clogged gutters can also cause water to back up and if this happens it can get under your tiles and up into the roof line and even your attic. Gutters that are over heavy can crack, spilt, and even fall down. Regular cleaning of your gutters can prevent all this from happening and this in turn will mean you won’t have to pay for costly roof repairs.
Gutter cleaning is cheap and simple to do, and it can help you avoid gutter repairs and roof problems further down the line.
Things You Need For Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance
There are a number of items you are going to need. We have listed these below. Don’t forget your ladder as well.
- Rubber Gloves: Heavy duty gloves will work best when cleaning out gutters as normal household gloves can tear.
- Something to scoop out the dirt: You can purchase a gutter trowel which is a long plastic scoop that is thin enough to fit in your gutters.
- Ladder: You’ll need a ladder that will allow you to reach your gutters comfortably. Please make sure you follow safety protocol when using a ladder.
- Hose: A long garden hose that can reach your gutters.
- Scrubbing brush: You’ll need something that can scrub the dirt off the bottom of your gutters.
- Bucket: You can place all the dirt and debris from your gutters into the bucket for easy disposal.
After you’ve removed all the dirt and debris from your gutters, the next thing is to hose them down. This is important as it will help you identify and gutter repairs that may need to be carried out. It will help you spot any cracks and ensure that water is being drained away correctly. Cleaning your gutters at least twice a year will help you keep on top of things and ensure you avoid costly roof repairs too. If you require any help or advice, our expert roofing contractors are always on hand to answer any questions that you may have. You can call Roofing Experts any time for a free no hassle quotation.