Gutters are an integral component of home maintenance, ensuring water is diverted away from your home efficiently. However, they are also prone to clogging, which can lead to a variety of problems including water damage to the roof, siding, and foundation. Howard Roofing & Home Improvements shares a closer look at four of the most common culprits behind gutter blockages.
- Trees. Homeowners relish the shade and beauty trees bring to their properties, but these natural beauties present a significant challenge to gutter systems. In cities, trees shed leaves throughout the year, particularly in fall. Leaves, along with twigs and branches, accumulate in gutters and downspouts, leading to obstructions. When these organic materials aren’t cleaned out regularly, they can also attract pests, such as birds and insects, which exacerbate the issue. Selecting a roofing company that provides both commercial and residential roofing services for regular maintenance can help alleviate these concerns.
- Snow and Ice. Snow and ice can be silent aggravators of gutter clogging. Poor attic ventilation can lead to excessive snowmelt on the roof which, upon reaching the cold gutters, may refreeze and cause a blockade, potentially damaging the gutters and the roof itself. Property owners should consider their attic’s condition and proper gutter installation by professionals well-versed in commercial roofing
- Gutter Design Flaws. Modern gutters sometimes suffer from design issues that lead to blockages. When large amounts of water and debris from expansive roofing systems are directed into relatively small gutters and downspouts, clogging becomes inevitable. Construction quality plays a vital role too; poorly constructed or improperly installed gutters impede the natural flow of water, trapping more organic and inorganic debris, thus leading to more severe clogs.
- Wind-Blown Debris. Not only natural debris but also man-made items can be a cause for concern. For instance, if children’s toys like balls end up on the roof, they can roll into the gutters and create blockages. To avoid such an issue, installing gutter guards can be an effective solution.
The good news is that gutter clogging can be addressed through proactive gutter maintenance. By checking the gutters regularly, especially before the new season arrives, and having pros do the cleaning for you, you can rest easy knowing they’ll function properly. If you want to limit cleaning, however, gutter protection systems offer a long-term solution.
For all your gutter needs, turn to Howard Roofing & Home Improvements. In addition to replacing old, dilapidated gutters, we also specialize in installing different types of durable gutter protection systems, all of which are capable of eliminating clogs by preventing the buildup of leaves and other debris. To get started, call us at (636) 296-1057 or complete our online form to request a quote. We work with clients in St. Louis, MO, and nearby communities.