Gutter health is vital to roof performance and longevity. The primary job of your home’s gutters and downspouts is to protect your siding, landscaping, foundation and indoor spaces from water damage. However, any deficiency in them can be detrimental to your roofing system.
Today, Chase Roofing LLC explains what your roofing system might suffer from when your gutters and downspouts are shot:
Water Seepage (and Leakage)
Believe it or not, a clogged gutter system can cause some of the trapped water to move upward. Then, it can find tiny gaps to penetrate into your interior. Many leaks happen because of this. As your shingles age, the easier the water can get into your home.
The first casualty in gutter-related, roof water seepage is your home’s wood components. Excessive moisture doesn’t mix well with your roof sheathing and rafters. Chronic water intrusion will accelerate decay, weakening your roof’s very foundation. Any experienced roofer or gutter contractor would warn you that it might lead to collapse.
Clogged gutters and downspouts increase the chances of ice dam formation. Ice dams can still take shape in a debris-free gutter system, but undrained pools of water can easily turn into ridges of ice. Ice damming is a major threat to your roofing system. It puts your shingles in a prolonged high-moisture state, and adds extra weight for your roof to bear. Making sure that there’s a healthy interplay between your attic ventilation and insulation is the ultimate solution, but keeping your gutters clean helps a lot.
Whether you need a new gutter system or protection for your network of gutters and downspouts, Chase Roofing LLC is the name you can trust. We can also give your roof a complete checkup to assess its condition, unveil hidden signs of damage and perform repairs accordingly. Call us at (757) 872-0700 now to discuss your home improvement needs, and get a free estimate in Yorktown, VA, or any nearby communities.