Why Gutter Cleaning Is Extra Important If You Have A Felt Roof

Just like grout cleaning, rain gutter cleaning is always important – you want to keep those gutters clean from dead leaves, twigs and other debris, in order to permit rain water to  drain off the roof, but not onto your walls or foundation. If you have a felt roof though, you may have to pay extra attention to what is in your gutters. There are two reasons for that: firstly, roofing or guttering felt is often strewn with tiny bits of slate, like coarse-grained sand. On roofs that have even a little bit of pitch – all roofs really – this slate-sand tends to get washed into the rain gutter when it rains hard. For some reason, it doesn’t always keep moving from there, but is often just deposited in the gutter. This is good and bad – good, because you don’t need it clogging up your sewer and bad, because it is now obstructing the water flow in your gutters. It is not really worse than other kinds of debris you remove , you just need to know that it specifically happens with felt roofs, and as said, you don’t want it in your sewer, as it doesn’t decompose like a few dead leaves will.

Things to consider when you do gutter cleaning.

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The other reason you should be extra dilligent with roof gutter cleaning if you have a felt roof, is a bit backwards – the fact that roofing felt  is often used on flat roofs. On a pitched roof, the water will drain away whther the gutter is in working order or not. On a flat roof, if the gutter is completely full, the water may actually flow back onto the roof – where it will find any and all openings, and soak the construction. Puddles on flat roofs are bad and sometimes occur due to poor construction, but you don’t want to add to that, by blocking the waters’ path away from the roof. How do you get rid of the slate then? No problem. Just use the usual gutter cleaning tools of your choice and scoop it up. A good trick is to always scoop away from the downspout – upstream, so to speak. That way, you minimize the risk of accidentally pushing something into the downspout.