Gutters may not be the most interesting part of your home but they are among the most important. Few homeowners think about their gutters until they are overflowing or when it’s time to replace the roof, but as one of the more active parts of your home, they should be attended to regularly.
Roofs protect your home from the elements by precisely routing water that falls on it to your gutter system, whose job is to then route it all away from any parts susceptible to water damage. When that flow is interrupted , anywhere along the way, water can build up and pool which can cause a surprising amount of damage..
As the final step in your roof system, efficient gutters are just as important as the rest of the roof.
It doesn’t take much to cause problems. Something as small as leaves or even shingle granules can clog up gutters, throwing the whole system out of whack. As a result areas on your roof around the chimney or valleys or even other parts of your home such as your driveway and the foundation itself become inundated with pools of water weakening these areas the longer they stay saturated.
Over time, pooled water will destroy just about everything it touches, it’s the reason why roofs and gutters are designed as they are. Even the best roofing system can be brought to it’s knees if the gutters are not maintained frequently.
You don’t have to have a top of the line gutter system to keep your home safe from water but you do need to keep them clean and clear of debris. Between yearly roof maintenance inspections, be sure your roof and gutters are clear of debris all year round. Especially if you are in a heavily wooded area and in seasons like fall where leaves fall more frequently.
Gutter Covers Can Help!
Nothing roof related is “set it and forget it” but gutter covers can really help if you are dealing with cleaning gutters all of the time or simply don’t want to deal with it as much. Keep in mind, though they help keep the gutters clear, leaves and other debris can clog them too, just not as often. If you’re considering gutter covers be sure you understand how to maintain them as well.
For more information contact your local roof contractor do discuss the options available to you to keep your roof system working at it’s finest!