Gutters are necessary for helping to redirect water away from your roof and home. However, when things go awry, it can make the gutters less effective at their job. In fact, in some cases, it can lead to more problems. If you would like to know more, check out these three common issues with gutters.
Rainwater naturally sends small debris (leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc.) to the gutters. Some smaller bits may get washed down the downspout, but other pieces may get stuck on each other or cling to the gutter. Over time, the gutters become clogged, which hinders the flow of water toward the downspout.
The first problem you'll notice is overflowing gutters. Depending on how hard it rains in your area, this can send massive amounts of water to the base of your house, which can affect your foundation. Over time, however, the debris can cause the gutters to sag and pull away from the house, making them less effective.
One of the best ways to prevent this problem altogether is with gutter guards. Gutter guards come in many styles. Some have a curved top that allows water to drain into the gutter, but the gap is too small for most debris. Similarly, mesh covers allow water to enter but block most debris.
Leaks are another common problem. They can appear anywhere if the gutters are punctured or damaged, but they are more common along seams. Seams are welded areas where the gutter sections are connected. These are slightly weaker than the rest of the system, so they can develop small holes, especially if poorly maintained. With leaks, you get many of the same issues as overflowing gutters.
You can repair leaks, but a great way to avoid most leaks is with seamless gutters. Seamless gutters, as the name suggests, have no welded seams. They are one continuous piece that is usually crafted on-site to ensure it fits your home perfectly.
3. Ice Damns
Gutter guards are also a good option for preventing ice dams. Ice dams are problematic in areas that see snowfall and freezing temperatures. Ice dams can only form if your gutters are clogged with debris and water. Since the water can't escape, it freezes in your gutters. This can lead to sagging gutters, but it also increases the risk of ice dams.
Ice dams form when snow falls onto the frozen clogged gutters. Thanks to the cold ice and thick layers of snow, this ice dam stays well-insulated, so even when the snow on the roof starts melting, the ice dam may stay strong, preventing water from escaping the roof.
Gutters are incredibly important, but you do need to maintain them. Luckily, you can reduce how much maintenance your gutters need with seamless gutters and a gutter guard. If you would like to know more, contact a gutter protection services company in your area.