When it come’s to your home’s exterior, your gutters are likely an afterthought. After all, your roof protects your home, your siding provides it with curb appeal, and your windows offer natural light & ventilation, making it easy to overlook one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior shell, your gutters. However, your gutters offer invaluable protection for your home, and keeping them clean and free of debris is essential, as neglecting the upkeep they need can end up causing significant damage to your property. Interested in learning more about why you need to clean your gutter system? Keep reading below for more information!
Protect Your Roof
The first reason you need to keep your gutter system clean is that having too much debris in the system can end up causing damage to your roof! If your gutters are full of debris, they won’t be able to drain the water rolling off your roof properly. This can end up causing water damage to your roof as the water spills out of your gutters and under your starter shingles, causing rot in your roof deck. However, this isn’t the only way clogged gutters can cause damage.
Watch Out For Your Foundation
While of course your roof is in danger due to it’s close proximity to the gutter system, clogged gutters can end up damaging a far more important aspect of your home; it’s foundation. If water pours over your gutter systems and rains down on the ground below it, it can seep down and end up causing cracks in your foundation, which can seriously damage your home.
Think About Your Foliage
Another important consideration is all of the plants, shrubs & trees planted below your gutter. If water is overflowing out of the system, it is very likely that the plants below are being overwater, which in certain cases can end up killing the plants. If you have any foliage planted beneath the system, it is essential that you keep your gutter system clean and free flowing!
Contact Us Today
If your roof needs to be replaced or repaired this year, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! You can contact our team today by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with all of your roof replacement & repair needs!