Gutters may seem like a small component relative to the roof, yet they play an important role in protecting your roof from damage. As your trusted gutter contractor, Willi Roofing Services gives you a closer look at how gutters contribute to your roof’s upkeep.
Why Do Homes Need Gutters?
Gutters are designed to route rainwater into drains, away from areas where it could cause damage. Too much rainwater can destroy landscaping, flood the yard or cause unsightly water stains on siding and other exterior components. Wooden parts like board or shingle siding can sustain permanent damage when they soak up too much moisture.
But, the real danger lies in rainwater pooling around the house foundations. Excessive rainwater can seep all the way into the concrete slabs under the house. Concrete can absorb a large amount of moisture and ultimately turn brittle if it absorbs too much. The base clay layer can also turn soft from the moisture. Combined, these factors can cause the entire house to settle. This is why it’s always a good idea to call for gutter repair services if you notice damage to your gutters.
How Gutters Help Protect Your Roof
Moisture intrusion can damage to the trusses, roof deck and other wood parts as well as encourage mold and mildew growth, which is why moisture intrusion should be prevented whenever possible. Standing water from clogged gutters is the primary cause of water intrusion. It can also cause unnecessary strain on the gutters due to its weight, resulting in prematurely broken seams.
Gutters need to be regularly cleaned and maintained if you expect them to protect your roof. It keeps rainwater away from the roof’s edge, particularly under the drip edge – a strip of metal installed between the roofing felt and the starter strip – which prevents rainwater from seeping into the roof deck by blocking capillary action and water splashes.
You need a skilled gutter contractor to keep your gutters in good shape. To learn more about our gutter and roof installation services, call Willi Roofing Services today at (512) 504-7900. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home estimate. We serve many areas in Pflugerville, TX.