Roof and Gutter Issues

Proper Design and Installation of Roof Gutters Can Help to Avoid Issues

A roof is an essential part of a home that protects it from the elements. A gutter on the roof acts to safely drain rainwater that falls on a roof and guide it away from the roof and walls to designated drainage channels. When a gutter does not function properly, it can cause overflows that run down walls and can affect a building’s foundations.

Gutters need the constant attention of homeowners so that they function correctly. Regular maintenance and the cleaning of gutters can prevent them getting clogged. Overflowing gutters can also sag and cause stress on the joints, that can then leak and have water running down adjacent walls. This overflow can also lead to the rotting of any wooden members that are part of the roof.

Other issues that can come up with gutters is when they get pulled away from their fixtures due to the constant dynamic action of the water. Sagging of gutters comes from constant overflowing or when the support members are spaced too far apart and are unable to maintain the rigidity of the gutter. Gutters have to run the full length of the house and will be made up of sections that are joined to each other to make up the required length. These joints are vulnerable and can come loose after use and lead to rainwater leaking from these loose joints. Gutters are made up often of metal, that can rust and a gutter can then develop holes if they are neglected.

Gutters may also not function properly if they are not sloping correctly towards the downspouts. Choosing a smaller size of a gutter section that is not adequate to the roof area it is meant to service can also cause constant overflowing problems. Downspouts must be spaced so that all the water in the gutter is removed without it backing up in the gutter.

These are the various issues that can arise with gutters.

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