Though often considered an afterthought, in both residential design and home maintenance, gutters and downspouts are actually crucial components of a home’s structure. Protecting the integrity of a home, gutters’ sole function is to channel water away from the house and foundation. However, gutters that have been ignored and left to decline will cease to operate as they should; leaving the house vulnerable to mold, wood rot, insects and other detriment. That being said, gutter maintenance is important for avoiding the most common issues regarding your home’s water diversion apparatus. Gutter companies often come up against the following gutter problems:
Easily avoided with installation of the proper gutter guards, clogs of leaves, twigs and dirt cause your gutters to become useless. As the most common gutter problem, clogs need to be removed on a consistent basis in order to avoid dripping water and overflowing gutters. We recommend installing GutterDome gutter guards to Denver homeowners as an easy and effective solution to clogging gutters and downspouts.
Usually, gutters that sag or pull away from the house are an indication of improper installation techniques or ill-fitting hardware. The fasteners that hold your gutters to your home can rust and deteriorate over time, allowing your gutter structure to become unsafe and ineffective.
If gutters are leaking water, roofing fascia and eaves can become inundated with water, causing mold growth and wood rot. Make sure to seal all seams with gutter sealant and patch any holes with the proper material.
Though the aforementioned issues are the most frequently-reported issues, there are others that have detrimental effects on your home’s structure. Check out our next blog to find out other problems, of which you should be aware.