Have you looked at your gutters recently? Do you wonder how much the really matter? You may be surprised to learn just how much your gutter system protects your home and how adding gutter guards can benefit you. Here are some things you may not know about your gutters that you should.
Your Gutters Protect Your Home from the Roof to the Basement
The purpose of your gutters is to funnel the water away from your home’s foundation and basement. A good gutter system shouldn’t leak or be clogged. Both can lead to damage. Clogged gutters can hasten the deterioration of the shingles, fascia and your roof deck. Leaking gutters allow water to pool in one area around your home which can lead to water damage in your home.
Clogged Gutters Lead to Damage Year Round
Have you ever noticed icicles hanging from your gutters? Chances are good that your gutters are clogged. In the winter, the clogged gutters fill with melting snow from the roof and freezes. As it continues to melt and freeze night after night, the water has no where to go but over both the inside and outside edge of the gutters leading to icicles. The weight of the ice can lead to gutters that pull away from the home and fall damaging windows, siding or even harming people below.
The rest of the year, the water that your gutters are supposed to whisk away from your home flows over both the inside and outside edge of the gutters. When it goes over the inside edge, the water damages your fascia. This can eventually lead to a water leak inside your home. It can also lead to expensive repairs. Water that flows over the outside edge looks bad and leads to pooling around your home. Eventually that water may get into your home. Again, leading to more expensive repairs.
Gutter Guards Prevent Clogged Gutters
If you’re looking to avoid water damage inside and outside your home and you hate cleaning your gutters, consider gutter guards. When properly installed, gutter guards will help keep your gutters clean and free flowing.
Peak Roofing Contractors can install new gutters, reaffix your existing gutters and install quality Raindrop Gutter Guards on your home. We’ll make sure that your gutter system is well protected for seasons to come. Call us today at (703) 753-4585 or fill out our contact form.