The past few posts we’ve been discussing roofing maintenance tips and how to prevent problems from leaves and other debris falling on your roof.
We’ve touched on the problems that one would have if they neglected their roof, so today, let’s explore what some of the worse case scenarios are for those who disregard their roofers recommendation to keep their roofs properly maintained (especially when it comes to keeping the gutters clean).
1) Cracks in the Foundation
If you’ve ever had to have your foundation repaired (or know someone who has), you know this is a very costly, invasive repair. Clogged gutters compound this problem by allowing water to pool around the foundation.
2) Roof damage and leaks
You know the signs, discoloration of the ceiling or the appearance of a bulge as though it’s going to burst any time. Congested gutters can result in pooled water freezing up and standing for days or even weeks, hampering the flow of liquid water eventually leading to weakening shingles and wood, causing leaks into the attic and home. Even without freezing water adding to the problem, small amounts of pooled water weaken your roof if left standing.
3) Rotting Wood
Any wood fascia that is on your home can start rotting due to clogged gutters. If left standing, even for a few hours, pooled water will begin breaking down and decomposing the wood in these areas. This causes serious problems and could mean replacing all the wood fascia on your home costing thousands of dollars.
These are just some examples of major damage to your roof, of course clogged gutters doesn’t just damage the roof, gutters reroute water away from areas where pooled water can cause damage such as driveways and sidewalks, even landscaping can become damaged from improper water flow.
So, before your brush off those gutters and think it won’t be that bad to leave them clogged, do yourself a favor and save yourself some time and money by cleaning them (or having them cleaned) today! While your at it, inspect the roof for any signs of damage. If you think you may already have some damage, call us now, we’ll inspect your roof and give you an estimate at no cost!