During storms, gutter fastening can be pulled away from the roof, leaving an unprotected gap or changing the gutter alignment. Improper alignment can prevent water from effectively entering and exiting the downspouts. Gutter damage is also possible from debris hitting the gutters or collecting in the gutters.
Damaged or old gutters should be promptly fixed or replaced to prevent a much bigger problem of water infiltration/saturation into the foundation and walls. Improperly working gutters can send a torrent of water to the home's foundation and walls. Foundation cracks, even when they are minor, can cause catastrophic structural damage while wet walls can stimulate pervasive mold growth that causes illnesses. Thus, it is recommended to detect and repair or replace damaged roofing and gutter systems promptly.
Guttering is critical to effectively channel rainwater from the roof and through the system to keep from going into the walls, basements and crawl spaces, which can contribute to dampness, mold and foundation cracks. Installed properly, gutters act as a shield to minimize water infiltration from windows, doors and siding as well as preserve the topsoil.
Gutter installation involves calculating the water runoff during a heavy rainstorm and assessing the extent of leaves in the area to properly size the gutters. If a gutter is too small, water damage can occur when heavy rains and leaves overflow the gutters. Sizing gutters too big it will result in unnecessary costs. Guttering includes the labor, materials and necessary couplings, hangers and downspouts to complete the installation.
Apex Roofing & Restoration offers custom seamless gutter systems which include:
- Seamless Aluminum Gutters
- Down Spouts
- Variety of Colors