The gutters that surround your roof may not seem like they do much, but they actually play an important role in helping to protect your roof from some of the most common problems that can occur when water is not appropriately channeled away from the shingles.
Gutters Keep Water Away From the Shingles
One of the most dangerous things for your shingles is standing water. While they are designed to shed water and protect against rain, the longer you have standing water around your shingles, the more likely it will find its way under the shingles to the roof support, and into your attic and home as a leak. Gutters channel water away from the roof to avoid these problems.
Gutters Keep Water from Pooling Around the Foundation
Another benefit of gutters is that they can protect against the dangers of water around your home’s foundation. If water is allowed to pool near the foundation, you run the risk that it will damage the foundation or even cause flooding. Either scenario is bad, so it’s best to keep this water away from your house and safely channel it into the yard with gutters. Foundation damage gives mold a place to grow. Mold can cause serious health issues for you and your family. It is hard to detect until you have a medical problem.
Gutters Protect Your Landscaping
If gutters are clogged with debris, detached from your roof, or have broken seams, you run the risk that the water will wash away or damage your landscaping. Keep an eye out for areas of landscaping that appear washed out, and if you see that, have your gutters repaired right away.
It is important to prevent leaves, branches, and debris from getting into your gutters. Because of this, homeowners need to have their gutters cleaned at least once annually.