It’s a given that debris can end up in your gutters and we all know it’s about that time of year to clean them out. However, did you know that putting this task off can actually risk damage to the rest of your home? Gutters play an important part in protecting your roof by shedding water away from your home. So when your gutters are clogged, it could lead to bad news if not taken care of soon.
When water cannot properly shed from your roof, it’s possible it can pool at the edge of your roof. If your roof has existing cracks and damage, this could lead to a bad water leak. But even if your roof is in good shape, excessive standing water can damage the foundation of your roof. This will lead to wood rot and you will need to replace the wood underneath your shingles sooner than later. Depending on how much water sits at the end of your roof, it could also seep into your foundation, causing foundation problems.
It’s likely your gutters are not fully clogged all the way through. In fact, some areas might have more debris than others. When this happens, water ends up overflowing and splashing your home in the same areas. This could lead to flooding and other structural damage to your home’s foundation.
Another common way clogged gutters can affect your roof is by damaging the gutters themselves. When you don’t clear away the debris from your gutters, the extra weight of debris plus the weight of rainwater can cause your gutters to split, crack, or even rip away from your home. In a worst-case scenario, the water stuck in your gutters will freeze in cold weather and really damage your gutters.
IBEX Roof is passionate about keeping your roof in tip-top shape. We want to make sure your roof is taken care of and the best way to do so is to keep it clean. That includes your gutters! If you are not sure if your gutters are doing well, or if you think they need a cleaning, we can help. Schedule a roof and gutter inspection today and our roofing specialists will make the best recommendations on how to move forward.
If your gutters often get filled with debris, be sure to ask our gutter specialists about installing gutter guards! We have helped hundreds of homeowners gain peace of mind with their gutters with our gutter guard products. Give us a call today to learn more.