Gutters are designed to divert water away from your home and prevent leaks into the foundation. Issues with this component can cause water damage to your home’s exterior and compromise the foundation’s structural integrity.
So, it’s important to understand the common causes of gutter damage.
Leaves, branches, seeds, granules from the shingles and other debris can clog the gutters. Regular cleaning and maintenance should prevent clogging in the gutters. You can prevent this by investing in a quality gutter protection system. Gutter guards will improve water flow and prevent debris from settling in the gutters.
The amount of rainwater pipe you need depends on how big your home is and how long your gutters are. Consult a professional if you’re unsure if you have the right size.
Faulty installation can lead to the early failure of the guttering system. Poorly secured gutters can become loose and sag. It can also cause water to settle on the roof, which can seep into the attic. When ignored, you may have to spend on costly roof replacement or repairs.
Joints, corners and end caps can give in or become loose. Inspect your gutters, and look for areas that are crooked, cracked or out of place.
Improperly Pitched Gutters
Gutters should be pitched in the direction of the downspouts to make sure that the water flows properly. It’s recommended that gutters have at least a quarter inch of a slope per 10 feet to prevent water and debris buildup.
Prevent these issues by regularly maintaining your gutters and doing repairs immediately. Turn to Gutter Helmet® of Dallas Fort Worth for superior home improvement services. We specialize in metal roofing, gutter protection systems and more. Call at (817) 494-7200, or fill out our contact form to schedule a service.