Repairing Your Gutters Before Spring

The official start of spring is less than two weeks away! The winter season can take a toll on your gutters. Ice dams are a major cause of gutter damage. Make sure you're gutters are properly installed and repairs are made if needed before the spring rains roll in. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of properly maintained gutters from your favorite roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Importance of Gutters

The proper installation and maintenance of a home gutter system cannot be stressed enough. It's a part of your home that often gets overlooked until major problems arise. Spring rains can wreck havoc on your home if not properly controlled by rain gutters. Gutters provide many benefits to homeowners including: avoiding foundation problems, preventing flooding under the house and in basements, preventing erosion around the home, preservation of landscaping and turf, preventing water damage to siding, preventing water staining on brick and stone masonry, preventing roof damage, lessened cracking of sidewalks, patios and driveways and more!

Maintaining Your Gutters 

While gutter systems are made to last 20-30 years, that doesn't mean they don't need regular maintenance and repairs. Homeowners need to be vigilant in keeping them both clean and in proper working order. Don't wait until your gutters are full of leaves and soil, and have things growing in them. If you do that, chances are you probably have already caused some damage to your gutter system. A properly working gutter system should not only be clean, but should also include seamless gutters on every sloped roof edge. They should not hold standing water or leak. They should be securely fastened to the fascias and should have downspouts that are securely fastened to the exterior of the home. In addition, the gutters should not have downspouts that terminate close to the foundation - a minimum of 3-foot diversion away from the foundation is needed.

Repairing Your Gutters 

Your Lake of the Ozarks roofer is here to help with more than just your shingles, we've got your gutter problems covered too. If you notice your gutters are sagging down or pulling away from the house, you'll need to act quickly to avoid rotting fascia board or total gutter collapse. Poor pitch is another common problem that can be the result of improper installation or a house settling. Improper gutter pitch can lead to pooling water, which can cause corrosion or provide breeding grounds for pests such as mosquitoes. Leaks often occur at the joints between sections of gutter, which can simply be resealed. In other cases, a leak can develop through a crack in the gutters from corrosion or other damage. These leaks can be patched, but once a weak spot is established, the problem will likely recur. If you only have one or two trouble spots, chances are you can just repair the existing gutter system. However, if multiple sections are giving you issues or repaired issues keep coming back, it might be time to replace your gutters before the heavy spring rains arrive.

While hanging gutters isn't rocket science, it does require knowledge and skill. That's why, in most cases, you'll want to turn to a professional like Above & Beyond Roofing! We're here for all your roof-related needs from roof inspections and repairs to soffit, fascia, gutters and siding. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule an inspection or request a quote for your next project.

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