What Can Cause Damage To Your Gutters?

Posted on: 11 March 2021

The gutters in your house might not cross your mind as much since you can barely see them. Maintenance is, however, of paramount importance, but it is very easy to ignore maintenance when it comes to gutters. It becomes a problem when they start causing issues with your roof. 

Gutter replacement is usually done whenever your gutters suffer from real damage such that they can't do their job effectively. They may get blocked, at which point the damage is inevitable, especially if you don't pay close attention. Here are a few reasons why your gutters might be damaged. 

Clogging

One of the most common reasons for gutter damage is when leaves and other vegetation accumulate around the downspout's openings. This debris can block the path through which water runs smoothly after a heavy downpour. The water then tries to find a way to go through and eventually forms an unfavorable path, usually through openings in your house. 

Eventually, the water path is visible on your house's exterior, with the various sections of the gutter breaking off due to the accumulated weight. In such a case, you might have to do some gutter replacement by eliminating the sections that have been affected.  

Formation of Ice Dams

Ice dams usually form whenever there is a temperature imbalance between the upper sections and the far edges of your roof. Typically, the heat inside your house is what makes the ice melt on the roof. This happens whenever your roof doesn't have adequate insulation to prevent heat from making its way to the roof panels. 

The melted ice forms water that follows a clear path of flow, after which it then freezes back when it gets into contact with the colder edges of the roof. The ice formed will then land on the gutters when it drops, crushing them. Ultimately, your gutters are misaligned with some sections, completely loosening up in a way that they can no longer do their job. Your only choice in such a situation is a gutter replacement. 

A Lack of Enough Pipes

The performance of your gutters ultimately depends on the rainwater pipes. You have to have an adequate amount for the size of your roof. The sizes will depend on how big your house is.

The full length of your gutters is also a determinant when it comes to these pipes. It is a problem when there aren't enough rainwater pipes to support the infrastructure. The gutters might start to sag, usually because of the accumulated weight of the water flowing through them. Eventually, they become so weak that your only solution is to replace them.  

To learn more, contact a gutter contractor.

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