Are Your Gutters Hurting Your Roof?

Do you provide your gutters with a proper cleaning at least once per year? We know it might not be the easiest (or most fun) chore to complete, but it’s an important one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Failing to do so can cause a whole slew of problems for your home — especially the roof.

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What Do Gutters Do?

Gutters systems are meant to collect rainfall as it drips down your roof and redirect it down and away from your property. In order for gutters to properly remove rainfall from your roof, they will need to be cleared, have a slight slope toward the downspout, and then drained into a sewer or a far away piece of your yard. Having gutters that collect rainfall but don’t drain can seriously hurt your roof.

How Can Gutters Become Ineffective?

A gutter system that doesn’t drain rainfall properly can cause roof leaks, rot, and water damage that will lead to early roof replacement. You can thank Mother Nature for many gutter blockages as leaves, sticks, and other debris are common reasons as to why rainwater pools here. Other than physical objects blocking the flow of water, an improper slope can also prevent water from draining toward the downspout.

How to Prevent Gutters From Hurting Your Roof

At least once per year you should be heading up to roof level to clear out your gutters of any debris. While you’re up here you should check for any cracks, holes, or gaps that could be leading to improper drainage. Finally, test the gutters’ slope with a garden hose to see if water is easily draining toward the downspout. If there are any issues, contact your local roofing, siding, and gutter company.

Finding out if your gutters are hurting your roof is something you should do now, before the damage becomes too much to fix! When your gutters or roof need repair or replacement, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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