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Denver Roofers Explain 3 Common Problems Caused By Damaged Gutters

August 2, 2018

Your home’s gutter system is responsible for sending water from the roof to a safe drainage area away from your house. When the system is compromised or damaged, all that runoff can lead to significant problems to both the interior and exterior of your home. While many homeowners put off calling a Denver roofing company when their gutters are underperforming, it’s vital that you have the damage addressed as soon as possible. Here are a few ways that damaged gutters can do long-term harm to your house.

Warped Siding

When gutters are clogged or pulling away from the side of the house, water can’t flow from the roof to the gutter system. Instead, it drips off the roof ledge and down the siding. Over time, the water will start to soak into the siding, causing the material to warp. While warped siding is certainly a cosmetic issue, it also traps moisture against the walls of your house. When left unaddressed, the buildup of moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth both on the home’s exterior and inside your walls. In order to adequately get rid of mold, you’ll need to hire a mold remediation specialist and may need to have your house treated more than once.

Foundation Damage

When they’re in good condition, gutters send water and runoff away from your house. This helps keep the dirt around the foundation properly packed and dry. If the gutters can’t direct that flow of water, it can create puddles around the foundation of your house. Over time, and during periods of extensive rainfall, all that water can saturate the foundation of your house and cause the dirt underneath to shift. This often results in cracks in the cement that, when left alone, can spread and impact the structural integrity of the building, making it potentially unsafe for you and your family. The best way to prevent foundation damage is to let your roofer inspect your gutter system at least twice a year.

Insect and Pest Infestations

It should come as no surprise that pests love warm and damp environments and poorly functioning gutters fit the bill perfectly. While they may start seeking refuge in a buildup of leaves inside the metal tubing, many critters eventually move into the attic space, entering your home just beneath the roof line. This can lead to damage to the wiring, insulation, and even roof leaks as they build larger and larger nests. Regular gutter cleaning will help reduce the risk of insect and pest infestations. While you can clean the gutters yourself, it’s best to let an experienced professional handle the job.

Keeping your gutters in good condition is beneficial both for your home and the roof itself. If you notice that your gutters are dented, cracked, or warped, schedule an appointment with the experienced roofers at Big Creek Roofing and Construction. Our dedicated contractors will work to quickly get your gutters back in shape so you can be prepared for all those surprise summer afternoon rains without fear of damaging your house.