Gutters are meant to work with your roof in keeping unwanted rainwater away from your home. Which is why it’s important to make sure that your gutters are not contributing to problems that will require extensive roof repair.
Don’t Neglect Your Gutters
Ideally, gutters should be clear of any obstruction, such as accumulated leaves, dirt and debris. This is why keeping them clean through scheduled maintenance, timely repairs and regular inspections is important. However, many homeowners tend to neglect even the most basic gutter maintenance just because it’s not readily visible from the ground.
How Clogged Gutters Affect Your Roof
Gutters are designed to route rainwater away from your home, primarily because of the damage pooling water can cause. When it collects around the house foundations, rainwater can weaken soil and the concrete support pillars. Over time, this could lead to the house settling or even collapse – both of which will require costly repairs.
Clogged gutters can cause similar damage to your roof. Instead of allowing rainwater to go straight into the downspout, it splashes back up to the roof. Too much overflowing rainwater can get under the drip edge and eventually soak into the roof deck. Since the damage is not as obvious, the moisture damage could have already spread by the time you notice it and call a roofing contractor for repairs.
What You Can Do to Prevent It
Fortunately, there are ways that you can help prevent such problems. Simply sticking to a gutter cleaning and maintenance schedule is enough for most households. If this is not an option, you can invest in a quality gutter protection system, of which there are several kinds. From off-the-rack snap-on plastic pieces to custom gutter covers, all of these help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters.
Investing in a quality roofing system built by skilled roofers is another great solution. To learn more, call CMS Roofing today at (803) 732-5558. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We are located in Irmo, SC, and we serve surrounding areas, including Charleston and Columbia, SC.