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How Do Clogged Gutters Damage Your Roof?

We’ve been talking about gutter cleaning the past couple posts, but now it’s time to explain why keeping your gutters clean is an important step in protecting your roof.

Clogged gutters can cost you thousands of dollars in damage — in foundation issues, ruined siding and washed out landscaping. But it can also wreak havoc on your roof.

 

Rotten Fascia

If your gutters overflow, that extra water can rot your roof fascia boards over time. The fascia is a wooden board that runs along the edge of the roof and is usually where gutters attach. It protects your home from weather and wildlife, and gives your home a finished look.

Rotten fascia will cost you in roofing repairs and can cause pest control issues. Look for cracked or discolored boards, or in worse cases, large holes or the fascia may even start to detach from your house. Fascia connects the end of your home’s rafters and trusses — two places you don’t want moisture.

 

Roof Leaks

Gutters that aren’t draining properly can cause roof leaks, many which go undetected until there’s major interior damage in your home. That extra water can back up under the roof and create leaks that will quickly ruin interior walls and ceilings. It can also cause mold or mildew to grow under the roof, which is not only a health hazard but a hazard to the integrity of your roof.

 

Ice Dams

With the winter months quickly approaching, now is the time to prevent ice damming. Excess water in your gutters increases your chance of an ice dam, where water at the edge of your snow-covered roof freezes and pushes water under the roof.

That seepage will loosen shingles and can cause water damage to your roof decking, both of which can cause interior leaks. That ice can also tear off your gutters, ruin your attic insulation and cause mold and mildew problems.

 

Clear those gutters!

While not a glamorous or fun job, fall is the perfect time to get your gutters cleaned so you can protect your home and your roof. Don’t shorten the lifespan of your roof by overlooking the integral role of your gutters.