Your Denver home needs well-functioning gutters as part of its overall drainage system. Your gutters allow water to continue flowing off of your roof and direct it away properly, ensuring that it doesn’t end up over your roof’s foundation.
Gutter damage can lead to a host of issues. In addition to a damaged foundation, which is a serious issue, malfunctioning gutters could cause water damage in your home, roofing problems, and overwatered plants. Protecting your gutters from damage, rather than dealing with the damage when it occurs, is the best way to keep your Denver roof and home in great condition.
Maintaining your gutters is a worthwhile task to add to your to-do list. With the help of an expert team of Denver roofers, you can ensure that your gutters remain damage-free for many years to come.
Here in Denver, we experience all different types of storms throughout the seasons. Whether it’s a hailstorm, snowstorm, or thunderstorm, your gutters are vulnerable to damage. Dents and punctures in gutters are common after hailstorms, while cracked, loosened, or lost gutter parts may occur after storms with high winds. The accumulated snow after a snowstorm places strain on gutters; the added weight from the snow may lead to broken, misaligned, or deformed gutters.
Storm damage like loose or missing components can be easily amended by your Denver gutter experts. After a storm, be sure to take care of these issues promptly so that your gutters have the strength to withstand future storms.
One of the most common problems that Denver homeowners experience with their gutters is clogging. Gutters can get clogged with leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other types of outdoor debris. Clogging often becomes worse in the autumn and winter seasons because the leaves are falling from the trees and can easily get caught in your gutters. When your gutters are clogged, they may overflow and leak instead of properly draining water off of your roof. Leaky gutters can cause water damage to your home, along with a host of other issues. Luckily, preventing clogged gutters is as simple as keeping your gutters clean.
When gutters age, they may develop holes caused by sedentary water. Sitting water will slowly erode gutters, leaking to holes and cracks. This type of gutter damage will lead to damage. While small holes and cracks can often be repaired with sealant or caulk, large holes may merit a full gutter replacement.
Gutters are installed in alignment with your roof and the land upon which your Denver home sits. As the years go by, the land can settle and shift, leading to gutter misalignment. A change in the slope of your gutters may cause them not to work properly. Instead of flowing through your gutters, water may sit in one place and be unable to drain. If this problem arises, the gutters will need to be realigned so that water can drain away from your home.
As aforementioned, keeping your gutters clean is one of the simplest ways to maintain the condition of your gutters. A few times per year, clean all of the accumulated debris out of your gutters and flush out the gutters with water using a hose or power washer. This task can also be completed by professionals as part of routine gutter maintenance.
Keeping tabs on your gutters’ slope and any misalignment will inform you of when realignment is required. At this time, you can also check that your gutters are still reliably attached to your home. If the gutters are beginning to detach from your home, you’ll need to have them reattached.
Snow and ice can build up on your gutters in the winter. This added weight can damage and misalign your gutters. Additionally, reinforcing the gutters will keep them from detaching from your home over time.
Gutters guards can reduce the amount of manual cleaning that your gutters require. There are many different types of gutter guards available, so it’s important to find a variety that fits your needs.
Contact Spire Roofing today to learn more about gutter maintenance in Denver.