Cleaning your gutters isn’t the most exciting or obviously rewarding task, but it’s not one that you want to forget. Your gutters keep water away from your house and foundation, but they also do a lot to protect your roof. In fact, neglecting to regularly clean your gutters can cause damage to your that you might otherwise have been able to avoid. Your gutters help keep your roof in good condition, which is why it’s important to keep them clean. We’ve seen the damage clogged gutters can do to a roof at Pro Exteriors, and we want to help you avoid it!
Here’s how regular gutter cleaning will help protect your roof.
Prevent Water Damage
We’ve had a particularly rainy summer this year, so water damage has been top of mind for many people. If your gutters are clogged, water and wet debris will back up and pool on your roof. Standing water can steep under your shingles and cause leaks, rot, and other water damage. In the winter, water stuck in your gutters can freeze and form ice dams.
Avoid Sagging Gutters
Your gutters are designed to let water flow, not hold it in one place. If the water backs up, it becomes too heavy for the gutters, especially if they are also full of leaves and other debris. When that happens, the gutters can sag, which looks bad, if nothing else. But in time, sagging gutters can become detached from your roof. If that happens, you won’t only have to replace your gutters, but there might be serious damage to your roof as well.
Extend the Life of Your Roof
Regular cleaning and maintenance prevent minor damage, which in turn delays major damage. Every homeowner knows that even relatively small roof repairs can be costly, let alone a roof replacement. Whatever you can do to keep your roof in good shape and put off a replacement or major repair will save you some money in the long run. By preventing things like water damage by keeping your gutter clean, you can add years to the life of your roof.
Get professional gutter cleaning, roof repairs, and more from Pro Exteriors. Contact us at 203-909-8075 today!