How Bad Gutters Lead to Roof Damage

It’s easy for a homeowner to overlook blocked gutters, but it is important not to neglect this important part of your home’s maintenance.  Gutters are designed to channel water into downspouts and away from your home. The backup of water in gutters causes an accumulation of water on your roof. Over time, this buildup leads to water damage, affecting your roof’s structural integrity.   In fact, if the damage is bad enough, the entire roof may need to be replaced.

No season is safe from blocked gutters.

Blocked gutters lead to problems in all types of weather, not just in the autumn when leaves are falling. In the Ohio valley particularly, spring blooms, strong storms, cold winters, and a proliferation of leafy trees all contribute to a build-up of debris in gutters making gutter care in this area particularly important. In heavy rains, blocked gutters and downspouts can cause the build-up of water under shingles, potentially damaging your roof and causing a leak. Similarly, in colder months, blocked gutters can lead to ice dams which prevent snow from properly draining from your roof. This increases the likelihood of water seeping under your shingles and refreezing, causing costly damage. Your home’s roof and gutter system work together. Ensuring optimum gutter health prolongs the life of your roof.

Be aware of the signs of gutter problems.

A collapsing or overflowing gutter, or a leak inside your home are all clear indications that it’s time to have a gutter health check. However, there are less obvious indications as well. Watch for plants growing in your gutters in the spring, or the gathering of small insects around your roofline. You might also notice staining on your siding from overflow. Check to be sure water is coming through your downspouts properly and that it is not spilling over the edges of your gutters. If you notice any of these things, it is time for a professional to check your gutters. It is vital to clean blocked gutters now to avoid more costly repairs later.
Prevention is always better than repair, so it is important to get your gutters cleaned regularly and to hire a licensed and insured roofing professional for regular inspection.
Protect your investment by calling Cincy Gutter Boys for a gutter health check today and stop major roof problems before they start.

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