There are certain home systems that are closely connected to one another despite technically being different, and a good example here is your roof and your rain gutters. While rain gutters are considered separate products from most roofing components, the two interact in important and constant ways -- and caring for your gutters will often play a big role in maintaining overall roof quality.
At Whitaker Roofing, we're happy to offer a wide range of roof repair and related services, and these may include several different themes -- your gutters among them. What are the connections between gutters and roofs, and what are some important gutter care areas that will play a role in helping maintain both the roof and your entire property? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.
Most homeowners are well aware that their gutter system attaches to their roof, but this is just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg in terms of the connections between these two systems. In fact, your gutters and roof work together to form a complete weather protection system for your home.
The most important role of your gutters is to collect rainwater from the roof and funnel it away from the building. This prevents water from seeping underneath the shingles and into the roof deck, which can cause a variety of expensive problems. In addition, properly functioning gutters help direct water away from the foundation of your home, which helps protect your property from flooding and other water damage.
In order for your gutters to do their job properly, they must be in good condition. If they're clogged with leaves or dealing with other debris, they won't be able to move water away from the house as efficiently. This can lead to roof damage and other problems.
Our next several sections will go over top gutter maintenance themes to keep an eye on regularly with your roof's maintenance in mind, whether on your own or with help from professionals.
The simplest way to keep your gutters performing well is to clean them regularly. This means removing any leaves, sticks, and other debris that has collected in them. You can do this by hand or with a gutter cleaner, but be sure to take caution when working on ladders.
If you're not comfortable cleaning your gutters yourself, you can always call a professional gutter cleaning service to do it for you. Just be sure to schedule this at least twice a year, or more often if your home is surrounded by trees.
In part two of our series, we'll go over some further tips here. For more on the connection between rain gutters and your roof, or to learn about any of our roof replacement or repair services, speak to the team at Whitaker Roofing today.