Your gutters are essential home components responsible for keeping your home safe from water damage. They channel water away from your roof and foundation during periods of heavy rain. Like any part of the home, however, they can be vulnerable to wear and tear due to elemental exposure. In this regard, identifying gutter system damage is essential.
In today’s post, Jeff Woods Construction, your local roofing contractor, shares the most common causes of gutter damage.
Poor Gutter Installation
A poorly installed gutter system tends to fail early. Inspect your gutters. They must be completely sealed and securely fastened to the fascia board. The end of the downspouts must be at least three feet away from the home.
Improper Gutter Pitch
For the rainwater to flow away from your home, your gutters are pitched to a certain degree at the direction of the nearest downspout. Ideally, the pitch must be at least 1/2 inch for every 10 feet. Lack of gutter pitch may cause water to collect on the trough.
You must clean your gutters as a way to preserve the integrity of the whole roofing system. Otherwise, they will no longer be able to channel water away from your home’s foundation.
The combination of accumulated standing water and amount of debris may be too heavy for the gutters to handle. When this happens, they may slowly pull away from their fascia attachment. This can contribute to serious issues throughout the entire home structure, including your foundation.
A malfunctioning gutter system can affect the rest of your home if you don’t address the problem. That said, it is always a good idea to turn to Jeff Woods Construction, whose team of gutter technicians can perform routine maintenance on your gutters, performing repairs or replacements as needed.
Call us today at (931) 787-9107, or fill out our contact form to request a free in-home consultation. We serve Tennessee residents, including those living in Sparta and Kingston.