You already know that proper maintenance on your eavestroughs is important for keeping water out of your exterior walls and attic and avoiding ice dams in the winter, but did you know that it is also important to keep them from being a fire hazard? You may think that because your eavestroughs are made of vinyl or aluminum that means they are naturally fireproof. The problem is that although that may be true, the rest of our home’s exterior is not and if a spark lands in your eavestrough where dry debris has settled, the resulting fire can and will spread from the eavestroughs to those other surfaces.
If you want to avoid this scenario, you have two options. The first is to make sure your eavestroughs are cleaned out regularly, especially in the fall when leaves can quickly overwhelm them and are dry enough to catch fire easily. This can be an arduous chore that would need to be repeated several times if you have many trees on your property.
The second option is to have a leaf guard installed on your eavestroughs so that leaves and other debris cannot settle into the eavestroughs and become dry enough to be kindled into a fire. Keeping in mind that leaves can make it easy for any fire to grow and spread, it makes sense to keep them away from your home as much as possible.
If you would like information about a leaf guard for your eavestroughs, give us a call at Gorilla Gutters. Our Fixa-Tech® clog-free eavestrough fastening system not only keeps leaves and debris from gathering, but also adds strength and durability to your eavestroughs. This can be installed with new eavestroughs, but if you have existing ones, we also have a leaf guard system that can be installed on most types of systems. Contact us today to learn more about how to protect your home and reduce the risk of a fire.