3 Reasons Your Older Roof is Decreasing Your Gutter’s Efficiency
As a homeowner, you may be aware of the importance of maintaining your gutters to protect your home from water damage. However, you may not be aware that an aging roof can also impact the health of your gutters. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how an aging roof can damage your gutters and what you can do to prevent this from happening.
Three ways your older roof decreases your gutter’s efficiency:
As your roof ages, the granules on your shingles can begin to wear down and fall off. These granules can collect in your gutters and clog them, preventing water from flowing through them. This can cause water to overflow and damage your home’s siding, roof, foundation, and basement.
- Sagging Roof
An aging roof can also cause your roof to sag in certain areas. This can impact the slope of your roof, which can affect the way water flows off your roof and into your gutters. If your roof is sagging, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional to determine the cause and find a solution before it causes damage to your gutters and your home.
Loose or Missing Shingles
As your roof ages, the shingles can become loose or go missing. This can create gaps in your roof, allowing water to seep through and damage your gutters. In addition, loose or missing shingles can create a breeding ground for pests such as rodents and insects, which can also damage your gutters. To prevent this from happening, make sure to inspect your roof regularly and have any loose or missing shingles replaced immediately.
- Ice Dams
During the winter months, an aging roof can create ice dams. Ice dams occur when heat from inside your home melts snow on your roof, which then refreezes at the edge of your roof, creating a dam. This can cause water to back up and leak into your home, causing damage to your gutters and other parts of your home. To prevent ice dams from forming, make sure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated.
What to do about my aging roof?
You may not be quite ready for your roof to be replaced and it may even have a bit more life in it, but there are things you can do in the meantime to ensure the efficiency of your roof and gutters. As your roof ages, you may need to schedule more regular maintenance. GutterPros can regularly clean the build-up of granules in your gutters to ensure it doesn’t weigh them down, prevent water flow and cause unnecessary damage to your siding or foundation. We can also look for signs of wear and tear on your gutters to ensure they are working efficiently. Protecting your gutters is essential as your roof ages. At GutterPros, we use high-quality materials, perform high-quality work, and promise high-quality customer service. It’s a small investment that can pay off in the long run by protecting your home and saving you money on costly repairs!