The main purpose of gutters and downspouts on your home is to divert ice, snow and rain water from your roof and away from your foundation. That’s why it’s important to keep them cleaned out and maintained to prevent ice damns in colder temperatures and excess moisture buildup year round.
Making an effort to maintain and clean out your downspouts and gutters can prolong the life of your roof and your drainage system, saving you a lot of money on costly repairs.
Risk vs. Reward When Neglecting Hanging, Clogged, or Disconnected Gutters
When your gutters enable proper drainage, water is channeled away from your house. However, if you have problems such as clogs due to debris buildup, rust or unfastened gutters, the water can be channeled directly down towards your foundation. This can cause all kinds of damage, from weakened fascia to mold to settling walls.
While some gutter and drainage systems can be maintained by the owner, often it makes sense for homeowners to contact a gutter repair and roofing company to perform the inspection and maintenance for them. Not only is this a safer option, but having a professional roofing contractor perform a full inspection of both the roof and water drainage system at the same time can alleviate costly repairs down the road.
If you live on a heavily wooded lot be sure tree branches do not overhang your roof. Heavy rain, snow or winds can cause branches to break and damage your roof. You may want to consider investing in gutter guards to avoid the consistent clogging and debris buildup that can occur in such situations.
If your gutters have reached their lifespan and it’s time to replace them, consider investing in seamless gutters, they have become an industry standard when upgrading a home’s gutter system.
So the Answer Is Yes, You Do Really Have to Repair Your Gutters.
If you are need of gutter repairs, maintenance or replacement, get in touch with Ferris Home Improvement of Delaware, we offer great results at a more affordable price than our competitors.