As an Orlando roofer we deal with a lot of different roofing issues. With all the recent rain, we’ve done a fair amount of calls due to roof leaks. One type that is almost completely preventable is when your gutters are clogged. Your gutters protect your entire home in multiple ways and are an integral part of your roofing system.
Why Properly Functioning Gutters are Important
When rain falls at an inch an hour, which happens frequently in the summer in Orlando, about 2,000 gallons of water falls on an average roof. Without gutters your home and property are at risk for many different types of damage. Rain falling off the edges of your roof can erode the soil at the foundation and over time can cause instability in your foundation. In extreme cases, like when we receive heavy rain for days, water can actually super saturate the soil. If that water has nowhere to go, it can go into your home causing flood-like damage.
On the outside of your home, heavy roof runoff can ruin landscaping. Siding can sustain damage as well. Whether you have stucco or some other type of siding, the water running down the side of your home can cause mildew growth, which shortens the life of the siding or paint.
Clogged Gutters Damage Your Roof
Although not having gutters doesn’t damage your roof, clogged gutters do and as an Orlando roofer we repair a lot of preventable damage. When water backs up in your gutters during the rainstorm, you can see the water running over the edge. However, that’s not all the water is doing. Your shingles at the roof’s edge sit in that water. Your shingles are meant to get wet but not to sit in water for days. If enough water is in your gutter, it not only overflows but can go back up into your roof causing roof damage and a leak. You may not notice this type of leak on your ceiling but rather down your walls. Only a trusted Orlando roofer can inspect and repair your damage.
The only fix for shingles that sat in water is replacing them. Sometimes the damage is extensive and parts of your roof deck need replacing as well. Roof repair can be costly and simply keeping your gutters clean can prevent this sort of damage. If you don’t like cleaning gutters, Russ Noyes Roofing offers the Overhead Care Club which includes gutter cleaning at various levels. You can also install gutter covers to prevent debris from clogging them.
If you suspect roof damage from clogged gutters or have a roof leak from an unknown cause, call the roof repair company Orlando residents trust. Russ Noyes Roofing is licensed and has an A+ rating from the BBB. Call to schedule your no obligation roofing inspection and ask about our Overhead Care Club for savings on roof repair and gutter cleanings. 407-388-7700