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Why Cleaning Gutters Can Prevent Damage to Your Roof

2020-10-26T17:41:49-06:00October 26th, 2020|Blog, Roofing|

Annual home maintenance is an important part of homeownership. When you keep your home well maintained, you also maintain the value of your investment. When homeowners fail to keep up with regular home care, then it can lead to greater problems. Cleaning the gutters is an inexpensive way to prevent more costly problems with your roof and siding.

Gutters keep the rain directed away from the foundation and walls of your home, but they also are fast to collect leaves, rocks, dirt, debris, and sticks. In fact, water can even freeze inside your gutters if they become clogged because it cannot flow out. This means gutters can become clogged relatively quickly. According to the experts, how often you clean your gutters depends in large part on how many and what type of trees you have, but it’s generally a good idea to have them cleaned between two and four times a year. Unclean gutters can cause the following problems:

Roof damage

Roof shingles are costly and not something you want to replace. That is why it’s crucial to keep the gutters cleared out. If you do not, then the combination of melting snow from your roof and frozen debris and water in your gutters can cause water to lie on your roof. As the snow tries to melt and cannot flow into the gutters easily because it is backed up, then that means the snow and water will stay on your roof longer. The risk of rotting roofing is real.

 Ice Dam Damage

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Ice dams can cause severe damage to your home. If left untreated, they can tear off your gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up under those shingles and drain into your home. From there, it can seep through insulation, ceilings, walls, and other areas, causing peeling paint, stained and sagging ceilings, warped floors, and even mold and mildew.

Siding and wall damage

If your gutters are not properly channeling the rain away from your house, that means a good deal of it will be drenching the side of your home. As rainwater soaks the siding, it can seep into any crevices. In addition, it could potentially damage the paint on your home.

Though you may think cleaning gutters can be a financial drain, but in fact, it is the opposite. When your gutters are clean, the possibility for roof or structural damage is greatly reduced and this translates to direct savings for you.

In short, clogged gutters are a financial bomb ticking to go off in your home. Most times, they can lead to structural damage, seepage, roof repairs, and all sorts of other issues. To avoid all these problems, take the help of a professional gutter cleaning services company to maintain the health and longevity of your gutters and through it, your home. In the long run, it can help you to save money as well.

Gen 3 Roofing is based in Centennial, CO with offices in Colorado and Arizona. We provide roofing services to residential and commercial clients. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Gen 3 Roofing understands that your property is one of your most important investments and needs to be properly maintained, which is why we offer complimentary comprehensive inspections. Click the link or call us today at 303-923-5039 to get on our calendar.