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How to Avoid Roof Damage

September 21, 2012
Amanda Curry
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3 minutes

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, your house gutters are bound to get clogged. And now that fall has arrived, things can get tough for your rain gutter system and roof. The gutters on your home can easily become clogged with fall foliage or other debris that can lead to many other problems. It’s essential to keep your gutters clog-free in order to avoid roof damage.

Doesn’t matter what clogs the rain gutter system, the backup will eventually cause rain water to wreak havoc on your home. Just a simple overflow from water can cause damage to your roof, foundation, yard and landscaping projects. To avoid these types of issues you need to make a point to clean out your gutters on a regular basis and get gutter guards professionally installed. Gutter clogs may be caused by dirt, leaves, twigs, sticks, shingle grit and many other types of debris. A professionally-installed gutter guard can protect your rain gutter system and downspouts from any type of obstructions.

Clogged gutters can also lead to health issues

Clogged gutters also put you and your family at risk for health concerns, as gutter clogs can lead to the development of mold, spores and pests. These harmful micro-organisms may cause serious damage or evoke allergies in you and your family. If you can ensure that the rain gutter system on your home are clog free, you’re also making a point to keep your family safe.

Beyond the health concerns and the obvious issues associated with clogged gutters, the roof on your home becomes most susceptible to damage when house gutters become clogged. Roof damage can easily be linked to an error within the gutter system or a gutter system backup, which results from clogged gutters. Gutters obviously divert rainwater away from your home, so if the house gutters are unable to properly move the rainwater away from the home, the roof is immediately put into jeopardy.

Roof damage becomes expensive

Roof replacement and overall repair can easily cost thousands of dollars and is obviously a headache you just don’t have time for. There are certain roof warranties that specifically state that in order to remain valid a gutter system must be cleaned out on a regular basis or protected with a gutter guard. Clogged or backed-up gutters filled with debris can allow rainwater to accumulate and cause your roof to rust and leak over time. Once this kind of damage occurs, the roof supports are put at risk, as wood may become weak and result in a complete roof collapse.

Water damage caused by clogged gutters isn’t always the culprit when ruining your home with roof or foundation destruction. Dry leaves or twigs and any other debris that becomes lodged or clogged in the house gutters can become fire hazards that put your home at risk for catastrophe.
A gutter guard that is strong and sturdy will stand up to the elements while also filtering the organic debris away from the gutter and permitting large amounts of water to flow into the gutter system and away from the home.

Gutter protection can provide you with a long-lasting gutter system and help you avoid roof damage. Gutter guards also help keep your house gutters dry when it’s not raining, by sifting away the wet leaves and debris. When the gutters remain dry and clean, there is no opportunity for unwanted pests such as mosquitoes, termites, ants and any larger animals that could be extremely hazardous to you and your family.

Gutters also clog in the winter

During the winter time, gutter guards keep your roof safe by preventing snow from clogging your rain gutter system and could eventually lead to ice damming. The advantages are endless after having gutter guards installed, as you can now avoid accidents like roof damage or fire possibilities and even health concerns. Protecting your rain gutter system is an investment in the future of your home, as a reasonably-priced job now could prevent a major restoration or repair tomorrow. A reasonable investment now will save your home – and help you avoid roof damage – down the road.

A LeafFilter protected gutter is effective in blocking debris and allowing water into the gutter to be diverted away from the home. Nothing but water gets into your gutter system with LeafFilter™ – We guarantee it. LeafFilter’s surgical-grade stainless steel microfilter gutter guards do not allow anything into the house gutters except for water. Not even a grain of salt can pass through the filter, and that’s how LeafFilter is able to guarantee no clogs.