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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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