A well-designed roof keeps water from entering your home. It transports rainwater to the roof’s edge. From there, it channels the water down and away from vulnerable areas. Without gutters, water spilling off the roof will cause a lot of damage.
Water Ruins Everything
When working well, your gutter system diverts rainwater away from your home. If your gutters are damaged or obstructed, however, that water must go somewhere. Given the opportunity, water can ruin almost any part of your home. It can destroy siding, windows, doors, landscaping, concrete and masonry. Water around the foundation of your home can stain walls, make wood framing rot and flood the basement. It can even crack a cement foundation.
How the Gutter System Works
Gutters are usually installed along the eave edges of your roof, or along roof features like dormers. Gutters are open at the top to catch rainwater flowing off the roof, directing it into the downspouts.
Downspouts are the vertical, closed sections of the gutter system. They direct the water from the roof to ground level. Your drainage system guides the water away from your home’s foundation. Trusted roofers, like Winfield Builders, can provide you with a reliable, high-quality gutter system.
Caring for Your Gutter System
Clean and inspect your gutter system at least once a year. If there are trees near your home, you may need to clean your gutters more often. Look for leaks while cleaning your gutter system. Leaks will most likely start in gutter seams and joints (especially on older gutter systems).
Inspect the joints and look for damage, which could be caused by rodents or storms. If you find a leak, do a short-term repair with gutter-sealing spray or caulk. Ask Winfield Builders for a complete inspection. We will make sure there aren’t any further problems.