No matter how new and seamless your roof might be, it won’t last long without the assistance of a properly maintained gutter system. Since the gutter system helps drain rainfall away from the roof, the risk of leaks and water damage significantly decreases. Avoid a handful of roofing problems by properly repairing and maintaining your gutter system.
The job of downspouts is to direct any rainfall or water from the roof to the ground. Having holes, cracks, or gaps between sections of the downspouts will cause water to not be drained properly. Repair any holes and cracks, make sure all of the sections are aligned perfectly, and if yours is too old and beaten up you should consider installing a new seamless gutter system.
Gutter maintenance is just as important as making repairs to the pieces themselves. Failing to properly clean your gutters of leaves, sticks, and other debris will leave you with a system filled with clogs and blockages. Water will have a hard time passing through these roadblocks and will begin to pool. Pooling water can flow onto the shingles of your roof which will eventually cause roof leaks and water damage. Always inspect your gutters and downspouts for any possible blockages.
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Always take the time to inspect your gutters and downspouts for holes. Inspections should be done at the start of every season and after storms with harsh weather. When the hole is bigger than just a slight puncture, a patch should be used to fix it. The preferred patching material should be a metal flashing that is kept in place by roofing cement or silicone caulking.
Repairing your gutter system incorrectly, or not repairing it at all, can cause more damage to it AND to your roof. When you need your gutter system repaired or wanted to replace it with a new seamless one, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.