Common Roof Gutter Fails (and how to avoid them)
Roof gutters. They can do wonders in protecting your home against water damage.
However, if you neglect them, you'd be better off without them. Consider issues with water-stained ceilings, foundation cracks, pests, structural issues, and the list goes on.
To prevent your home from becoming a "gutter fail" casualty, let's run through some cautionary examples of how NOT to treat your gutters. If any of these sound a bit too familiar, Austin homeowners can simply call Gutter Tex to have the issue resolved.
Things That Contribute to Roof Gutter Failure
1. Not Cleaning Out Your Gutters
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that gutters essentially take care of themselves. However - unlike other features of your home exterior - they actually require cleaning and maintenance.
If you fail to keep them free of leaves, twigs, and other bits of debris, you may end up with clogs and overflow issues. Or even worse, water spots on your interior walls and ceilings. Prevent the damage — clean out your roof gutters before they clean out your wallet!
2. Going Without Gutter Guards
Even if you have a treeless property, the winds will still carry over leaves and debris from adjoining properties. The solution? Leaf guards! We are proud to offer some of the best gutter guards on the market. These are a great help in reducing maintenance and upkeep.
3. Taking a DIY Approach to Rain Gutters
Everything looks easy when presented in a step-by-step YouTube video. Don’t let this fool you. Installing or repairing a roof gutter may look easy, but there's more going on than meets the eye.
If you don't have the tools, knowledge, and experience to plan for slope, flow rate, fluid mechanics, or — let's be real — balance on a ladder for hours on end, then this is not the project for you. Whatever savings you might achieve by going DIY will likely be lost to future repairs.
4. Ignoring Leaky Gutters
During heavy rains, leaky gutters cause the soil around the foundation to swell. The real damage happens when the soil dries and compacts.
Home Foundation Issues
Your home's foundation undergoes a similar process, but the areas under leaky gutters will not settle at the same rate. This uneven setting will eventually lead to cracks in your foundation. Remember: a cracked foundation is a compromised foundation.
Austin Area Soil
Around the Austin area, there is a mix of dark, tightly compacted soils, as well as lighter soils that absorb water quickly and dry out quickly. If yours is the latter, then you’ll want to be especially vigilant about keeping your roof gutters in good shape.
You may also want to consider investing in gutter guards (leaf screens) or gutter splash guards. Trust us when we say installing leaf guards and hiring a repair tech are vastly more affordable than a single foundation repair. If you notice a leak, you should definitely invest in a gutter repair or new gutter installation.
5. Not Sticking to a Maintenance Plan
Most technicians and manufacturers agree that gutter cleaning should be performed at least twice a year, typically during the early spring and early fall.
Following this schedule gives you ample time to remove any leaves, nuts, needles, and other bits of organic debris before the prime rain and pest seasons begin.
If you have tree branches hanging over your roof, you will likely need to perform cleaning and maintenance more often, and we definitely recommend investing in a gutter guard to keep leaves, sticks, and pine needles from clogging your gutters.
Need professional advice? Call Gutter Tex today for roof gutter service in Austin and the surrounding areas.