Clogged gutters are common and can happen for various reasons. Knowing how your gutters become clogged can make a significant difference in maintaining the health of your roof. Our expert roofers share in this post the main reasons your gutters can become clogged.
One of the root causes of clogged gutters is their proximity to overarching trees. What provides beautiful shade in the summer can be troublesome when the weather begins to cool in the fall. As the wind blows, leaves from nearby trees can find their way into your gutters and downspouts, preventing runoff from draining properly. This can lead to all sorts of water damage such as mildew growth and pest infestation. By trimming the trees in your backyard to at least 10 feet away from your roof, you can prevent having to deal with these problems.
Sometimes nature is not to blame when you have clogged gutters. If the gutter system is poorly designed and installed, the downspouts could trap fallen leaves, pine needles and other debris that block the free flow of water, resulting in backups in the gutters and severe moisture damage as time goes on. A roof repair expert recommends having your downspouts inspected along with your roof and gutters at least once or twice a year.
Homes in regions that experience extreme snowfall during the winter are likely to experience clogged gutters. If a section of the roof has a negative slope, snow could build up and add weight to it. Then, the melting snow would slide down into the gutters, forming ice dams and clogs. There are a few things you can do to prevent ice damming, including raking your roof after each snowfall, ensuring adequate attic insulation and installing gutter heaters.
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