As Melbourne’s premier solution for guttering repair, replacement, and maintenance, we know a thing or two about keeping your roof in great condition. Gutters are an important aspect of your home’s structure, yet they’re often overlooked and neglected by homeowners. After all, when you live a busy lifestyle, it’s hard to remember that you need to check on and clear out your gutters occasionally.
Gutters work by diverting water away from the foundation of your home, preventing moisture from seeping into your structure and causing long-lasting damage. If you want to protect the integrity of your home and keep it safe for as long as possible, then you’ll need to make sure that your gutters remain in prime condition.
Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common guttering problems homeowners face, so you can try to avoid them!
1.Â Â Â Â Clogged Guttering
Probably the best-known and most obvious problem to occur with a guttering system is clogging. If you don’t take the time to clear out your gutters, then they’ll eventually fill up with branches, twigs, leaves, dirt, and other unwanted things. This causes standing water, which not only risks the durability of your gutters but can also cause serious moisture problems in the long term.
Clogged gutters cause more than just an overflow of water. They allow moisture to seep into your home, causing internal mould and rot, and the weight of these gutters can even damage tiles as the fastenings pull on your roof. Common dangers of clogged guttering include:
- Mould and mildew
- Siding damage
- Foundation cracking
After every major storm, check to see whether your gutters are draining properly. If something isn’t right, call the experts at Matrix Roofing as soon as possible.
2.Â Â Â Â Sagging or Pulling Away from the Home
Gutters are designed to fit flush to the perimeter of your roof. If yours appear to be sagging or pulling away from your home in places, this could be a sign that your gutters are old and in need of replacement. In some cases, it could just be that the gutter was damaged during a storm and needs new hangers.
While it’s easy to repair sagging, your best bet is still to contact a professional who can fix your guttering for you without causing any unnecessary damage to the rest of the roof system. It’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re protecting your roof.
3.Â Â Â Â Gutter Leaks, Cracks, and Holes
Just like anything else in your home, your gutters can become damaged and worn with time. The more your gutters work to protect your home from inclement weather, the more likely they are to suffer from the occasional problem, like cracks or leaks. If you notice that your gutters drip from certain points, then they may need to be patched up or replaced. Again, while this often seems like an easy fix, it’s best to have your home assessed by a professional inspector.
4.Â Â Â Â Gutter Pitching Problems
Finally, for a gutter to help water flow naturally away from the foundations of your home, these systems must be pitched towards your downspout. The recommended pitching grade for most gutters is around a quarter inch for every ten feet. If you notice standing water after a rainstorm, this could be an indication that your gutters haven’t been pitched properly.
Having your gutters properly installed in the first place can help to prevent this issue, but it’s an easy fix to get your pitch back on track. Contact the experts at Matrix Roofing, and we’ll help you get your roof in top condition.