Do you consider your gutters part of your roof? They are.
Your home's gutters work together with your roof to protect your home from water damage. Without gutters, homes in the Dallas and Houston areas can experience expensive repairs. Average foundation repairs cost about $5,000 in the Dallas area.
Properly installed gutters are far less expensive than foundation problems. Here's why gutters matter and how you should care for yours.
Protect Your Roof and Attic
Without gutters, wind can blow rain underneath your shingles. When the rain gets under your shingles, water soaks into your roof's decking. This causes leaks into your walls and attic.
In Texas, damp conditions cause black mold to form. Black mold causes serious illness. Like foundation repair, removing black mold from your home is expensive.
Make sure your gutter system is correctly fitted for your home and installed by professionals. When gutters work effectively, they keep rain from blowing underneath shingles.
Protect Your Foundation
We've already mentioned the expense of foundation repairs. You want to avoid it in any way you can.
One way is to let your home's gutters route water away from your foundation. When water runs off directly from your roof to the ground around your house, this can cause shifts in the soil. When soil shifts, your foundation can crack.
Cracked foundations lead to interior flooding. Again, where there is dampness, mold and other harm come into your house.
Make the smaller investment in gutters and downspouts to help direct rainwater away from your foundation. Not only will you help protect your foundation, but you'll also help prevent cracks in patios and concrete walkways near your home.
Protect Siding, Bricks, and Mortar
Your home was built with durable materials. But water causes erosion and deterioration over time.
Gutters help prevent rainwater from running down the sides of your house. When water runs down siding and brick, it causes deterioration in those materials.
Help protect your home's brick and mortar with gutters that provide a barrier from direct contact with rain.
How to Care for Your Gutters
When your gutters are damaged or clogged, they can't do their job of protecting your home. Proper care and maintenance will keep your gutters working well.
- Clean your gutters regularly.
Clogged gutters damage to your roof and lead to leaks. Check for leaves and debris in the fall after the leaves fall. Recheck gutters in the spring to remove any winter debris.
- Check for damage.
After a storm, check gutters for dents from hail. Make sure they are securely fastened to your roof. Large dents in your gutters can disrupt water flow and cause debris to catch.
- Check the position of your gutters after severe winds and hail.
Your gutter system is designed and installed at specific angles to help water flow away from the house. A change in the slope angle of your gutters can affect how water flows through.
Gutter care can be dangerous. Be sure to put safety first when using ladders and tools to clean gutters.
Your Gutters Are an Extension of Your Roof
Gutters are often overlooked when it comes to home maintenance. When you understand how gutters work with your roof, it's clear how important it is to take good care of your gutters.
Fritz Roofing installs gutters using quality materials and expert construction. Whether you need a new roof with gutters, or you're adding gutters to a home without them, Fritz Roofing provides a customer service experience like no other within the industry.
We believe in making a difference one home at a time. Contact us to schedule a consultation for your roof or gutter system.