Common problems with gutters
The primary goal of your gutter system is to remove and lead excess water from your roofing system to the ground. Gutters that get clogged, broken or run-down will most likely cause damage to your walls, your roofing system, your attic and interior of your home. If you wish to avoid costly repairs caused by water damage, you should keep your gutters and downspouts properly maintained. If you notice any damage to your gutter system, you should have it repaired immediately.
You probably overlook this fact often, but gutters play an important role when it comes to keeping your roofing system and home in the best condition possible. With summer approaching, now would be the best time to ensure that your gutter system is working properly. We are going to list some of the most frequent repairs concerning gutters in the residential roofing business.
- Missing or loose gutters, rain, snowstorms, hail and high winds can damage gutters and they can get loose or even missing. You shouldn’t leave the leaves to pile up along with other debris. When leaves get wet, they can become heavy and that can lead to sagging gutters that can detach from the walls. Missing or loose gutters can severely damage your roofing system and exterior walls. If the overflow of water is falling down on your walkway, it can damage the foundation and destroy the garden. An easy way to solve this problem is to contact your roofing contractor. Your contractor will be able to replace or re-attach any broken parts.
- Clogged or blocked gutters –Gutters can get clogged for various reasons. Those reasons include the growth of vegetation, mold growth, ice dams, debris pile-up, lack of maintenance and even bird’s nest. You should carefully clear out your gutter system every season, especially after fall. If you are not confident enough with climbing on your roofing system, you should contact your roofing contractor.
- Leaks – Gutters can crack over time when exposed to direct sunlight and harsh weather elements. Cracked gutters can lead to leaks.Smaller cracks can be repaired if you have the necessary skills, but if you notice that cracks are bigger and that the number of cracked spots gets higher, you should contact a roofing professional. You can dry and sand your gutters and easily apply gutter or waterproof sealant over smaller cracks. Holes and large cracks might require replacement of some sections of gutters.
- Wear and tear – Gutters are usually designed and manufactured to last several decades before replacement. It is not uncommon for a gutter system to get weak as the time passes. Things like cracks, mildew and rust may not be wise to repair anymore. It will just break down again. Call your roofing contractor to inspect the wear and tear. Your roofer will be able to recommend you a new gutter system which can be made out of copper, aluminum, galvanized steel or vinyl.
If your gutters require maintenance, repairs or if they are just old, maybe it is time for you to consider installing a new gutter system. Contact you Mesa roofing contractor Arizona Roofing Systems Inc. as soon as possible and arrange a meeting. Protecting your roofing system means protecting your home.