Gutters and downspouts are a necessity and something we usually don’t give a second thought to until, that is, a problem occurs. They are designed to do one thing and that is to move water away from the foundation of your home which then protects the structure. In order for them to do their job properly there are things that you can do to improve the performance and life of your gutters.
If you live in a snowy Minnesota, then you know how important it is to clean out your gutters and downspouts of all leaves and materials that can clog them up. One thing to look for in cleaning your gutters is the amount of granules that may be coming off of your roof. If you are noticing more and more granules frequently showing up, your roof may be coming to the end of its lifespan and a roofing professional should be called to complete an inspection. Another thing to look for as you are cleaning is for any broken or detached sections or seams of either the gutter or the downspout. This can defeat their purpose and cause problems with damage in and to your home.
Unattended problems to the guttering can cause soffit or fascia damage. The soffit is the wood or metal on the backside of the roof’s overhang while the fascia is the board that is behind the gutter along the roof line. Not keeping the gutters free from debris or repaired contribute to these two areas rotting. Once these begin to break down they will continue to rot, allowing water to flow into your home. You may even find that an animal, such as squirrels or birds, will take advantage of the damage and make it his home.
While gutters and downspouts are extremely important to the integrity of your home, they are also something that can compromise its integrity if not maintained properly. It is always important that you hire someone with experience who knows which materials will stand the test of time and weather. If you have questions regarding your gutters or downspouts or have noticed damage give the experienced roofing professionals at Ronningen Roofing a call. We care about you and your home and will do whatever we can to answer your questions, assess the situation and repair any problems so you can enjoy your home for years to come.