Gutters are often considered the unsung heroes of roofing. While many homeowners put their time, money and energy into deciding, installing, and maintaining their roof shingles, few times is as much effort put into gutter installation. This is a mistake, as it creates the impression that the gutters aren’t as important as roofing, when in fact they tend to play a larger role in your roof’s health more than you know.
Gutters perform the important duty of redirecting runoff water from your roof to be discharged in a safe place away from the facade of your home, avoiding damage to it and anything around it in the process. However if they malfunction, they run the risk of causing damage to your roof. Here are some signs for you to look out for before they cause serious damage.
Cracks on the Surface
Cracks serve as more than just an eyesore. It’s a sign of neglect and significant degradation. If left unchecked, it can lead to serious water leakage. Therefore, if the cracks are still small, you should replace the gutters as soon as possible because similar to cracks in your roof and siding, it will grow large very soon.
Paint is used as a protective layer to keep outside elements from penetrating the more delicate interiors. So if there is paint peeling on the surface of the gutters, they may likely need to be replaced. Peeling paint is a clear sign of water infiltrating beyond the layer, and can quickly cause the metal components of the gutters to start rusting. If there is peeling paint near the gutter, it can still be a sign of leakage so don’t take any chances. Get a contractor to perform further investigations.
Gutters that are clogged are another surefire sign that your roof is likely getting damaged by the state of your gutter. Gutter’s can often get clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris, making it impossible for it to drain water out. As a result, it can push water back under your roof shingles, or even cause the edge of your roof to sag due to the extra weight of the water and debris. Both can result in serious damage or even danger to you and your home. Therefore, it is important to make sure that clean it regularly, and to get professional help if something serious occurs.
Interested in having us come over and check your gutters? Our contractors over at Salemi Exteriors are well-versed with any problems your exterior may encounter. Contact us at 978-804-5972, or submit an online inquiry form.