Anyone who has ever had to deal with a clogged rain gutter knows how important these contraptions are to the stability of a home and its surrounding yard. Rainwater comes barreling off the roof into unintended areas inundating the foundation and lawn, eroding the ground, splashing mud onto the side of the house and, if not immediately corrected, will collect around the concrete foundation causing it to crack.
Leaks into and through the concrete can incur costly repairs. The edge of the roof can be damaged at the clog site and the siding on the house may be compromised with the possibility of interior walls becoming damp and exposed to mildew and mold. Wet insulation is rendered useless and a hazard. A properly designed and installed gutter system along with routine maintenance is the answer to preventing potentially major problems.
A competent Do-It-Yourselfer is capable of removing a clog from the gutter. But if the gutter has a habit of becoming clogged there may be problems the homeowner is unaware of that are best addressed by a professional Miami roofing contractor who has experience installing gutters and downspouts.
Leaves, seed pods and bird droppings are typical litter that finds its way into gutters. The next rainfall should wash this litter down the spout and away from the house. If the gutter has not been installed properly the water might not efficiently drain toward the spout. In this case the litter builds up in the gutter and eventually finds its way to the downspout in a wad that produces a clog. Replacing a faulty gutter can save the homeowner time, effort and the concern that damage may occur.
A properly designed gutter system takes into consideration the size and slope of the roof, the local extremes of wind and rainfall, the weight of the materials used in the construction of the gutter, and how the pressure these factors exert on the structure of the house will affect the efficiency of the gutter. Another significant consideration is the slant of the gutter itself to effectively carry the water toward the downspout. These are dynamics that should be determined by experienced Miami roofing contractors who have the expertise to accurately design and install the most economical and useful gutter system for your home.
Regular inspections and maintenance of your home’s components, such as its gutter system, by experienced professionals will save time, energy, money and homeowner’s anxiety.