Home maintenance requires a lot more than just having your entire house cleaned, your roof repaired, and your HVAC systems checked. It should involve a top-to-bottom checkup of every corner of your home, from the plumbing to the electrical system. That also includes some overlooked parts of your home, which is your rain gutter. This is actually quite a vital part of your roofing system that needs to be checked every few months or so.
Gutters get clogged or even rot over time, so it makes sense to have them replaced and upgraded after a few years. The following are some of the reasons why you need to call a local roofing company to upgrade your rain gutters.
Protect Your Basement from Flooding
You read that right. Gutter problems could cause basement flooding, which in turn will result in costly repairs. If your gutter isn’t working properly, rainwater isn’t diverted away from your home’s foundation. Instead, all that water falls and collects at the base of your house, which then leaks into your foundation. It won’t be long until you notice the dampness in your basement and some water collecting in puddles. If you’re wondering where it’s coming from, then it’s very much likely because of your gutter.
Upgraded Gutters Maintain Your Landscape
Whenever it rains and your gutter is clogged or leaking, a heavy downpour of rainwater that runs off your roof at high speeds can seriously damage your landscaping. Any flowers and shrubbery that’s on the receiving end of these heavy droplets will be destroyed, or the resulting soil erosion could ruin it.
While landscaping may not be a big deal to many people, the buildup of water due to your gutter not working can still cause some serious problems. Without working rain gutters, water will inevitably be concentrated on one or a few spots in your home, causing soil erosion that could affect your foundation. This can cause shifting and damage to the structure of your home. Make it a point to repair your gutters immediately or upgrade to a newer one with the help of a roofing contractor.
Prevent Fascia from Rotting
Fascia provides the finished look to a home’s trim and design. It also protects the house from severe weather by creating a barrier against rain. However, if clogged gutters overfill, they can cause excess water to hit your wooden fascia. This leads to rot, and a rotting fascia is just the start of a slew of problems that result in costly repairs. Fascia boards go hand-in-hand with a properly maintained gutter system. So taking care of your gutter means you’re also protecting your fascia from rot.
No More Clogging
Perhaps the most apparent reason for upgrading your gutter system is due to frequent clogging. If your gutter is constantly catching debris, demanding that you clean them out more often than you should, then it’s definitely time for an upgrade. New gutters have hoods that cover up the top of the gutter, almost like a hat. The hood stops leaves, twigs, rocks, and other debris from getting stuck inside your gutter system, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them out that often.
The gutter is perhaps one of the most underrated parts of your home, even though it plays such a vital role in your roofing system. It’s important to take good care of your gutter and to have it replaced by a trusted roofer when the time comes so your home is protected from any rainwater damage.
5 Star Roofing and Restoration, LLC provides residential and commercial roofing services from tear-offs to restorations. We take pride in the quality of our services and make sure our customers are satisfied with our work. Contact us whenever you need the help of a roofing company you can trust.