Gutters are oftentimes overlooked during roof inspection sessions. Yet, some homeowners fail to realize their importance. In fact, your gutters are just as important as your home’s major components, such as the roofing and siding. It can also become affected by the elements, such as rain, hail, and high winds. Discussing more on the latter, your trusted gutter and roof inspection expert, Evans Roofing and Gutters Inc, shares how wind damage can affect your gutters.
When high winds hit a surface such as an exterior wall, it applies pressure onto the structure. As a consequence, the wind also tends to move upwards. During heavy downpours, the roof edge is the most vulnerable part of your roof since it’s hit by water and wind in different directions. It will also affect your gutters as it shakes it violently, causing metal fatigue on the gutter troughs, hangers, and fasteners. This leads to loose fasteners and cracks on your gutters.
Granted, these issues can be treated by a gutter installation and repair expert, prevention is better than cure. You should install quality fasteners and high-gauge gutters from the get-go. Another viable option for areas with high winds are seamless gutters since they’re less vulnerable to metal fatigue due to the fewer seams present.
If you have trees growing over your roofing system, make sure that you trim them regularly. Keep in mind that tree limbs can scratch your roof, along with the paint and caulking on your gutters, making the bare metal layer underneath vulnerable to the elements. Large branches can also force the gutter troughs out of position, or even bend them. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a ten-foot gap between the nearest branch and the roof.
Here at Evans Roofing and Gutters Inc., we make sure you get the best quality service we can offer. It’s our commitment that makes us one of the best flat roofing contractors in the area. Contact us at (412) 200-5331 or through our online request form.