How To Deal With Gutter Problems That Cause Home Damage

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The gutters of your home have many functions and can even function as part of a rain collection system. However, gutters are also a common source of problems with roofing and structural damage, which is often caused by damaged sections that need repairs. Here are some of the problems that you may have with your gutters that can lead to problems with your roofing and structural damage:

1. Sectional Gutters Leaking Where Joints And Seals Have Worn

The sections of your gutters are vulnerable to problems like separating from each other or wearing down of the sealing in the seams. This may cause the sections to fall off and leak. There are several things that can be done to repair these problems. If your gutters are fastened with old spikes, one of the solutions you may want to consider is replacing the spikes for screws that hold better. Where the seals in seams are leaking, the repair can be done with a welding material. You may want to talk with a contractor about installing seamless gutters on your home to prevent these problems.

2. Dirt and Debris Causing Gutters to Overflow and Damage Roofing

If you have trees near your home, debris in the gutters is another problem that you will have to deal with. The dirty gutters will cause rain to backup and overflow. Where the debris builds up on your roof, the decaying materials will eventually cause your shingles to wear. If you have a wood shake roof, rotting debris can even cause more severe problems. To prevent this problem, consider having the gutters protected with gutter guards. In addition, make sure you regularly clean your roof and gutters to prevent debris building up and causing damage.

3. Corrosion of Gutters, Damage to the Eaves, and Problems with the Foundation

There are also some materials used in the fabrication of gutters that are vulnerable to corrosion. Over the years, weaker parts of the gutters will start to corrode and eventually leak. This is usually where there are bends in the gutters, which can cause water to drip down the soffit onto the eaves of your home. The leaking gutters can also cause problems with your home's foundation where the water drips. To fix this problem, you will have to replace the decaying sections of gutter. Consider opting for more corrosion resistant materials when you have your gutters replaced.

These are some of the problems with your gutters that need to be repaired to prevent structural and roof damage. Contact a gutter repair service to help with repairs to your gutters and damage to your roofing.

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12 May 2017

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