Why Are My Gutters Leaking?

Gutters are one of the most important, yet ignored parts of roofing systems. Gutters play a major role in preventing water damage by directing rainwater away from your home. Over time, gutters can develop leaks. Leaky gutters are unable to do their job.

Unaddressed leaks can cause serious damage to the roof and fascia, resulting in roof problems. Leaks can also lead to moisture problems, creating the ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow.

Here are some common reasons why Sonoma County roofers see gutters develop leaks and need repair.

Age

Age-related deterioration is one of the most common causes of gutter leaks. Your gutter system is exposed to elements year-round that can cause corrosion over time. Depending on the type of material used, gutters can last anywhere between 20 and 50 years. If you have an old home, have your contractor inspect your gutter system. Replace gutters that are on their last legs before they start developing leaks.

Clogs

It is not unusual for gutters to become clogged with debris such as leaves, twigs, and parts of nests built by pests. Water is unable to move freely through clogged gutters and becomes stagnant. As water levels increase, the water reaches the top edge of the gutter, eventually spilling over the side.

Incorrect Gutter Slope

Incorrect gutter slope can cause the water in the gutter to flow away from downspouts, instead of towards them. This in turn leads to the water in the gutter to leak down from the sides.

Sloping problems arise due to installation errors or can occur when gutters sag.

Gaps Between the Roof and Gutter System

Heavy winds, storms and rains can pull your gutters away from your roof, creating gaps between your roof and gutter system. If you notice an opening between your roof and gutter system, consult a gutter repair expert.

Gaps Between Gutter Sections

Parts of gutters that are made in segments should be properly adjoined with each other to prevent leakage. If a segment becomes damaged, leaks can develop.

What To Do If You Have Leaky Gutters?

Before reaching out to a roofing expert for help, attempt to determine the underlying problem. If your gutters have become clogged, schedule a gutter cleaning.

For damaged, loose, or uneven gutters, schedule gutter repair in Sonoma County. If your gutter system is on its last legs and the gutters are beyond repair, have your contractor replace them.

One of the best ways to prevent gutter leaks is to have a professional inspect and maintain your gutters annually. During a maintenance session, your contractor will check your gutters to see if they are draining properly. They will thoroughly clean the gutters and install gutter guards to prevent twigs, leaves, and other debris from entering your gutter system.

Whether you want to install new gutters or repair existing gutters, ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar is your Sonoma and Marin County expert. We help homeowners maintain their gutters all year round. To learn more, call (707) 584-5900.

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