Designed to channel water away from your home’s foundation, rain gutters protect the structural integrity of your house. But faulty and problematic gutters can cause serious deterioration to your home. Unfortunately, many builders and designers tend to overlook their importance and use substandard products and practices and many homeowners fail to properly maintain their gutter systems. Here are a few of the most common gutter problems:
Without proper maintenance gutters and downspouts become clogged with debris. This excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can cause the gutters to pull away from the fascia, causing roof, foundation, siding, and gutter damage. Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year. Chronically clogged gutters may benefit from mesh covers, screens, clip-on grates, and/or porous foam, but they still require regular maintenance.
The hardware used to fasten the gutters to the fascia may have deteriorated or they may have been placed too far apart to support the weight of full gutters.
Leaks and Holes
Small leaks can be sealed with gutter sealant but larger holes will require a patch.
No Flashing at Eaves
Without flashing between the back of the gutters and the wooden support structure of the roof, the bare wood is exposed to the water and debris passing through the gutters. This puts your home at an increased risk of wood rot, termites, roof rot, and insect infestations.
If there is standing water in your gutter after a rainstorm, your roof is improperly pitched. An improperly pitched roof prevents water from flowing to the downspouts and can cause erosion, roof, foundation, siding, and gutter damage as well as attract mosquitoes.
Newer homes usually have underground drainpipes connected to downspouts to carry water several feet away from the home’s foundation. Older homes typically have “splash blocks” at the bottom of each downspout to carry the water safely away. If water is not carried several feet from the house, it will seep under the foundation, causing mold, mildew, erosion and foundation damage.
If your house has no gutters at all, water will flow off the roof and get into your home’s siding, trim, windows, doors, and foundation.
If you are experiencing any of these gutter problems we urge you to call us today. At SuperiorPRO we have creative solutions to channeling water away from your home, helping to preserve its structural integrity and beauty while reducing maintenance costs such as our affordable, traditional Seamless Aluminum “K” Style Gutters. We assure you we can complete your seamless aluminum gutter installation quickly and on-budget. Contact us today to set up a free quote at 678-894-8259.