If you need a New Year's resolution to keep your roof in good shape, never neglect your gutters. These systems are barely noticeable in residential and commercial roofs, but they're crucial in prolonging their lifespan and exposure to moisture. Here are several reasons to always pay attention to your gutters and make them a New Year's resolution.

Water Damage

Gutters must send rainwater straight to your downspouts to keep your roof free from moisture and damage. Blocked gutters will cause overflow on your roof material and leak to your attic, sheathing, and rafters. These foundational components may deteriorate due to moisture and collapse under the roof's weight. That said, you could save thousands of dollars by having regular gutter inspection and maintenance.

Cracked Foundations

Concrete foundations in your property may soften due to moisture exposure. Gutters will cause water to overflow into your yard and surround your home's concrete foundation. Over time, the concrete may weaken and cause your ground floor to sink and collapse. With excellent gutter maintenance – without clogs and issues – you will save plenty from gutter damage and concrete water exposure.

Remove Pests

Clogged gutters can breed pests like mosquitoes and water gnats that would enter your property. These can bring diseases and contaminate your food. With clean gutters, you can be sure water will always flow straight to downspouts and eliminate the risk of infections.

Roof Protection

Clogged gutters will cause damage to your asphalt shingles. They would flow over your roof and soak them. The moisture absorbed by your shingles could cause blisters once the sun heats the roof material. Furthermore, your soaked sheathing will start deforming and warping over time if left unattended.

Fascia Damage

Your fascia will endure damage because of prolonged standing water on your gutters. The weight will push against the gutters and dislodge the screws and the nails on your fascia. If left unchecked, the material will detach against the fascia. Your roofers can hammer the nails inwards again, but it will cause your fascia to have loose screw threads.

Preserve Your Garden

Overflowing gutters will destroy your well-tended yards and gardens. It costs hundreds to thousands of dollars to restore your yard and garden, especially if you need to keep up with HOA guidelines. With regularly maintained systems, you won't have to call a landscaper to restore your garden beds.

Curb Appeal

Want to sell your property at a higher price? Keep your gutters in good shape. It would keep your siding free from brown and rust stains, plus your yard is always in good shape. You can have your roofer repaint your gutter to let it blend in and improve your home's exterior aesthetic even further.

Need high-quality residential roofing and gutter inspections? SJ Winn Construction is a reliable roofing company with decades of knowledge and experience with a reputation for repairing, maintenance, and installation services. Your neighborhood and many homeowners associations in your area trust our level of professional services. Call us today to learn more.

High-quality roofing materials can last for 20-30 years with regular, detail-oriented maintenance. Manufacturers have used the best methods, equipment, and materials to create your outstanding roof. Their manufacturing process also includes an extensive testing phase that ensures all products have consistent performance.

However, even well-manufactured products can suffer from extensive issues as they age. 

Determining your roof age allows homeowners to anticipate damage and prepare for other possible issues accordingly. Learn more about it here.

The Perfect Time for Replacements

Timing your replacement is a great way to avoid water damage to trusses and rafters. Here are the benefits of having timely roof replacements.

Anticipate Possible Age-Related Issues

Old asphalt shingles crack and split typically after 15 years of service. These damage types will compromise the roof's condition and shorten its lifespan.

Cracks happen because of age. Granule loss happens when the roof goes through an extreme weather event, such as cyclones, hurricanes, and tornados.

Asphalt shingle splits happen when the joints supporting the material loosen, weakening the upper layer and taking off years from its lifetime.

Accurate Warranty Assessments

Most roof makers require homeowners to have regular maintenance to qualify for lifetime and labor warranties. Warranties only work when your roof complies with the manufacturer's requirements. The manufacturer will heavily contest or disqualify any homeowners who did not comply with their warranty guidelines.

Old roofs beyond their manufacturer-stipulated lifespan are automatically disqualified from warranties. With this in mind, ask your home seller about their roof's age and ask for documentation to learn your warranty period qualifications before buying the property.

Effective Repairs

Roofers with knowledge about your asphalt shingle's age can accurately diagnose and recommend the best repairs and replacements to extend its performance and lifespan. While they can determine the roof's age for you, it's faster to tell them about the estimate and have them start repairs immediately.

How To Know Your Roof's Age

Here are five ways to know your roof's age.

Roof Inspections

In-depth roofer inspections can reveal the roof's age based on various factors. One, a wider extent of asphalt shingle cracks and splits indicate an older age. Two, your lumber warranty for the truss, sheathing, and rafters can serve as references if they're simultaneously installed with your roof.

Local Municipality

If you need building permits to reopen your home, the local government might have a copy of it. Most municipalities in various areas of the country. 

This method is helpful if you recently purchased a home and the seller has no record of their recent roof replacement.

Contractor Records

If your local government does not have any building records of your property, you can ask the local contractor if they have any records of roof repair for your home. Again, this is helpful if you recently purchased a house with the seller having no record of their recent roof replacement.

You can always count on SJ Winn Construction to provide excellent results for all your roofing needs. Our decades of experience and knowledge ensure we only use the best equipment and materials at our disposal to deliver an outstanding roof replacement service. Contact us today to get started.


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