Types of Roof Damage from Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters are a fact of life, right? Most homeowners think so, but it doesn’t have to be. Gutters are difficult to clean, so most people let them sit for months, and the problem gets worse and worse. We recommend getting to it as soon as possible — blocked gutters cause extensive damage to your roof. The kind of harm that you don’t know about until it’s too late.

When gutters clog, your home cannot drain water after heavy rain. If you live in areas frequently hit with summer rain or the occasional tropical storm, it’s especially taxing to your roof and foundation. From leaks to a possible replacement, here are some examples of roof issues that clogged gutters contribute to:

1. Leaks
The telltale sign of gutter congestion is a leaking roof. When gutters can’t do their job, water sits on your roof until it finds a place to go, usually right into your home. It isn’t always easy getting to the top of your home, so the leaks worsen until you get rid of standing water by clearing the gutter blockage.

2. Mold And Water Damage Accumulate
It’s only a matter of time before standing water turns into mold. Mold breeds out of sight and in dark places. When was the last time you inspected the roof or attic, or peeked inside the walls of your home? These are all places where mold grows and you won’t know until it’s a major problem. The only foolproof method for eliminating mold spores is with a specialist or contractor, making the removal very costly, especially when the problem was avoidable to begin with.

3. Shortened Lifespan of Your Roof
When you install a roof, the hope is that it lasts between 15 and 30 years, but not with bad gutters. That expectation shortens as mold and standing water from a poorly draining roof lead to problems that create irreversible damage. Long-term effects mean the clock runs out faster than you hoped and an expensive roof replacement is on the horizon.

Take Action Now
Now that you know a few of the dangers from clogged gutters, you understand the importance of moving rainwater away from your home. That is easier said than done when cleaning gutters is a difficult and sometimes dangerous job. The easiest way to prevent damage and extend the life of your roof is with the clog-free GutterShutter System. Our system prevents blockage by eliminating vertical openings that invite debris in, while still collecting and moving water away quickly and effectively. Learn more about how the Guttershutter system extends the life of your property and makes maintenance easier by contacting a dealer near you.