Your gutters are one of the integral parts of
your entire roofing system. They are made to protect your roof from water
damage by providing a system of moving water and debris from your roof and onto
the ground. If your gutters aren't working properly, your roof could be at risk
of damage. Normally your gutters are out of sight, out of mind, but knowing how
to spot if your current gutter system is working properly for your home can
save you thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Gutters Are Overflowing
When your drainage system is clogged with
debris, rainwater will end up overflowing on the sides of your gutters instead
of going down the downspout which leaves water stains on the gutter runs. If unattended, water can also backflow into your home which can cause rotted facia, decking, and ceiling leaks. Often, the solution to overflowing is simple -
unclog your gutters. With a bit of time, you can get all the debris out of your
gutters and get them working properly. Additionally, if your roof pitch is an 8/12 slope or steeper, most likely the home needs 6' gutters to adequately shed water from the roof. Unfortunately, most homes come with a 4' gutter system.
Gutters Are Sagging
Your gutters need to be installed securely so
they can properly drain water from your roof. If your gutters are sagging,
loosely hanging from your roof, uneven, or disconnected, it could be caused
by tree branches hitting your gutters, poor installation, or aging. Any gutters
that have these issues need to be repaired so they can be fastened back in
Gutters Are Detached From Your Roof
Properly installed gutters will be properly
attached to your roof. If your gutters are not installed properly or are
carrying too much weight from debris, they can end up becoming detached from
your roof. Your gutters may have to be reattached to your roof or replaced.
Are Holes And Cracks In Your Gutters
Over time, metal gutters can corrode and rust, creating holes in the
gutters. In this case, the portion of the gutters that have holes or cracks
will need to be replaced.
Is Pooling Around Your Home
Gutters are designed to move water away from
your home to protect your walls and foundation from water damage. However, if
the drainage system and downspouts are not working properly, water can begin
pooling around your house. Left unattended, this can end up causing extensive
water damage to your home and foundation, resulting in costly repairs.
Is your current gutter system working properly
for your home? If you're not sure, schedule a free video inspection with ARAC
Roof It Forward. Our team can identify any gutter issues you may be having and
recommend repairs with the associated costs. Our goal is to provide high-quality roofing solutions to the Metro Atlanta area. Schedule your free video
inspection with us today.