We get asked the question, “What is the purpose of gutters and how important are they?” from homeowners all the time. First you must understand that gutters safeguard your property from water damage by directing excess rainwater away from your foundation and siding.
When they are not properly maintained they can wreak havoc on a home.
When debris and standing water are left in gutters, it can weight them down and cause them to leak, pull away from the fascia and even separate at the seams.
In the winter time, standing water can freeze in gutters. When it the water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the gutters. Too much pressure can cause damage to the gutter system causing them to deform, become loose and even damage fasteners so they are unsteady. If fasteners fail, the gutter can come off the home, posing a threat to life and property.
If gutters aren’t properly maintained water can seep down the side of your home and pool around your foundation. If this happens the water can cause erosion and weaken the walls of your foundation, leading to cracks and settling. When the foundation issues are created it can create structural problems for your home and lead to major problems.
Making sure your gutters are properly maintained and properly secured to your home will save you time and money down the road. If you aren’t sure how to keep your gutters in proper working condition, call the experts at Down Under Roofing!
If you need a gutter expert, call Down Under Roofing today. We are local to Kansas City, and have experience working with insurance companies. Down Under Roofing has a proven track record and is licensed and insured. Contact the team today to see how we can help you with your gutter and roofing needs.