Keeping an eye on your gutters is an important component of home maintenance. Well-maintained gutters help prevent significant problems. In today’s post, V. Nanfito Roofing and Siding, your trusted roofing and siding contractor, discusses the risks you face when you neglect your gutters.
What Happens to Neglected Gutters
The role of gutters is to route rainwater away from your home. Neglect leads to clogs, which can cause leaks in the gutters. These leaks typically form at the joints, i.e., the areas where gutter lengths and downspouts meet. These areas are sealed using sealant, which can get worn out due to weather exposure. Gutters will also tend to overflow if clogged, so cleaning them regularly – at least twice a year – is important. Holes from rusty spots are yet another source of leaks and can develop from the smallest exposed metal surfaces.
The Risks of Neglected Gutters
Water pooling around your home’s foundation is the biggest risk you face when you neglect your gutters. This weakens the clay that the foundation sits on, which could cause the house to settle inappropriately. Also, your home’s foundation is made of contract, and concrete absorbs water. Water pooling around the foundation due to faulty gutters will weaken the foundation, causing irreparable damage.
The fascia boards that hold the gutters in place could get damaged as well. The exposed wood will begin to rot if soaked in water. Gutter hangers could come loose, necessitating a complete gutter replacement.
How We Can Help
V. Nanfito Roofing and Siding offers gutter installation and repair services to help you keep your gutters in best condition. We can thoroughly inspect your gutters and recommend long-term solutions, from minor repairs to full replacement. We also offer gutter guards that fit onto existing gutter systems. Gutter guards prevent clogged gutters by blocking debris like leaves, twigs and dirt from entering your gutters, allowing continuous flow of water. This also cuts down on the amount of gutter maintenance and cleaning you’ll need to do.
To learn more about what we can do for your gutters, or for questions about vinyl siding, call V. Nanfito Roofing and Siding today at (203) 639-1634 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We are located in Meriden, CT, and serve nearby areas.