One of the primary causes of roof damage is lack of maintenance. Many homeowners don’t have a gutter leaf guard yet neglect to clean their gutters on a regular basis, often because it’s a time-consuming and dirty task. Without proper maintenance, gutters may become blocked by leaves, dirt and debris, which prevents water from draining safety away from the home when rain falls and snow melts. This can quickly lead to damage to various parts of the home, with repairs running in the thousands of dollars.
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- Foundation damage. You might not think of gutters and the foundation as being related, but gutters have a major impact on the well-being of a foundation. The purpose of gutters is to channel water off the roof and away from the foundation. When the gutter system does not function properly, water can press against the foundation, causing bowing and cracks that compromise the structural integrity. Even if the foundation doesn’t fail, water can still seep into the interior.
- Siding damage. If water from clogged gutters pours over the surface of your home, it will begin the process of deterioration and rot. This most often affects wood fascia boards that hold a gutter system in place. If a home has wood siding, the result will be excessive peeling paint, water marks on the wood, and eventually rot that necessitates complete replacement of the siding.
- Ice damming. Ice dams cause water to back up onto a roof in the winter. GutterShutter helps stop ice dams from forming by ensuring that your gutters remain clear of obstructions, so snowmelt will not be caught inside clogged gutters and refreeze.