Has your home ever had a gutter leak? If you have, you know that gutter leakage is a bigger issue than one might expect. Your gutters are fundamental to your home’s drainage system. Whenever it rains, snows, or hails, your gutters direct the precipitation off of your roof and away from your home to prevent water damage to your home. Leaky gutters can’t function properly, creating the risk for water damage to your home’s roof, siding, and foundation.
There are a handful of factors that can cause gutter leakage. Here, we’ll review these factors to help you avoid leaks in your Denver gutter system.
Your gutter system is subject to a significant amount of impact. In heavy rainstorms and freezing blizzards, your gutters take the brunt of the precipitation as it flows from your Denver roof. Since your gutters have to endure the strain of the unpredictable weather here in Colorado, they tend to break down quicker than your home as a whole.
The lifespan of a Denver gutter system, constructed from aluminum or galvanized steel, is around 20 years. It’s worth noting, however, that a gutter leak doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need to replace your entire gutter system. Leakage can often be repaired by your Denver gutter experts.
The main causes of leaky gutters include:
When gutters are exposed to the elements for an extended period of time, cracks and holes can develop. Generally, these cracks and holes appear in the spot where the gutter sections are attached with screws. Wear and tear and rust, in particular, can lead to this type of gutter damage.
If you have this type of gutter damage, you may notice water dripping out of the gutter joints. For some holes and cracks, applying caulk can work as a temporary solution. Caulk isn’t a durable fix for holes and cracks in your gutters, however, so you should contact your Denver gutter repair company for a lasting solution.
If your gutters are leaking, the most common reason is a clog. Leaves, pine needles, and other outdoor debris can build up in your gutters, creating a clog. This built-up debris will keep water from draining properly through your gutters. There won’t be enough room for the water to flow through the gutters, so it will spill out the sides. Especially in a major rainstorm, clogged gutters can lead to major leakage.
You can easily check your gutters for a clog. Clogs of leaves, pine needles, and debris will be simple to identify upon closer inspection. If a clog is the reason behind your leaking gutters, you should clean them thoroughly to amend the issue. In fact, all homeowners should clean their gutters regularly to avoid leakage and water damage. Gutter clogs can even cause water damage to your Denver roof, so make sure not to neglect this outdoor home maintenance task.
With age, your gutter system may begin to detach from your roof. This occurs as a result of rusty fasteners, water damage, and prolonged exposure to temperature fluctuations. As your gutters loosen, water can start to seep over the sides. This leads to dripping in between the gutters and the exterior wall of your home. With this issue, you may notice water marks on your home’s siding after a storm.
Your gutter system is made up of multiple gutter sections held together by joints. These joints can, over time, begin to separate. This can allow water to leak from the separation in between the sections. If the separation is big enough, you may be able to identify it with your eyes alone, other times, the separation may be too small to see, so you’ll need to check by adding some water to the gutter and seeing where it leaks out. Replacing old sealant can sometimes fix this issue. In other cases, the entire joint may need to be replaced.
For Denver gutter repairs, replacement, or maintenance, contact Spire Roofing. Our expert team will restore the condition of your gutters to protect your home.