Gutters run along the edge of the roof, but don’t do much to protect. Gutters are a moisture protection system for the fascia, siding, and foundation of a home. They collect rain runoff and carry it away from the home. But as discussed earlier, the system can break down. Instead of carrying all that water away from house, a clogged gutter will simply hold on to it and keep it right up against the edge of the roof.
What can cause your roof to leak if you don’t have a forest in your gutters? Snow and ice. When a gutter that has been accumulating water starts to freeze, that water expands. It can fill the gutter and create an ice dam that prevents rain and snow from tumbling away from the house or through the downspout. This is another situation where water has nowhere to go but up onto the roof, under the shingles, and over time, into the attic and the rest of the house.