As a homeowner there are many repair items you may have on your list. One repair that is often ignored or overlooked is your gutters. Gutters are an integral part of your roofing system and can protect the structural integrity of your home. Properly operating gutters will divert water away from your home’s foundation thus making it safe and stable for years to come. However, many problems can arise if your gutters are not working as they should. Here are some ways that North Shore Home Services gutter repair professionals can help.
Perhaps one of the more obvious jobs of a gutter professional is gutter installation. Gutters are often installed on homes when they are built. Aluminum gutters have a life expectancy of about 20 years and aluminum downspouts have a life expectancy of about 30 years. If your home is more than 20 years old it is a good idea to have your gutters inspected as you may begin experiencing problems or your gutters may already be exhibiting issues that you haven’t even notice.
Gutter repairs are just as important as installation because a gutter that has experienced damage will not properly route water. If your home has been hit by a storm your gutters could have cosmetic damage that you notice however, they may also be damaged structurally. If you notice sections of your gutters coming loose from your home or sagging, are cracked or rusted, or if you have water damage inside your home where the wall meets the ceiling you may have damaged gutters. Even if your home hasn’t fallen victim to inclement weather your gutters could still be damaged. Improperly installed gutters that weren’t sloped correctly could also cause issues with the drainage from your roof. A gutter professional will be able to inspect your gutters and make repairs where needed insuring your gutters are working properly in the years to come.
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of homeownership is clogged gutters. Leaves, pine needles and cones, and other debris can clog your gutters which will prevent them from properly draining. If your gutters are full of debris you may notice overflow during heavy rains that resembles a waterfall from your roof, sagging or collapsing gutters, water damage inside your home, or standing water in your basement or crawlspace. These issues are detrimental to your homes structure because you may not notice this type of problem until the damage has already been done. Overflowing gutters spill water down the siding which is meant to withstand splashing rain, not waterfalls, and this can allow water to seep behind your siding and rot the wood underneath. Additionally, puddled water around the foundation can permeate the concrete and cause cracks and holes in the concrete, weakening the foundation. This is especially true in British Columbia where the freezing temperatures can exacerbate the problem causing extreme deterioration in the foundation. Gutter professionals will clean your gutters without damaging them, insuring they are flowing properly with no clogs.